Marios Aristophanous





Marios servicing a pitfall trap in the
Australian Wet Tropics.



I am originally from Alethrico, a village just outside of Larnaca in Cyprus. My passion for entomology has led me to study dung beetles in northeastern Queensland, Australia, where I am currently undertaking a PhD at James Cook University. I am studying the determinant factors influencing native dung beetle spatial patterns of biodiversity along altitudinal and latitudinal gradients within the rainforests of the Australian Wet Tropics. I will also be looking into the effects of climate change on the native tropical Australian dung beetle fauna.

My dung beetle interests are broad and include: patterns of biodiversity, community structure, distribution, species richness, abundance, seasonality, effects of climate change, modelling, altitudinal and latitudinal gradients, reproductive seasonality, and taxonomy.

After the completion of my PhD, I plan to return to my home country of Cyprus to work on the poorly studied Cypriot dung beetle fauna.


Marios Aristophanous
Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change
School of Marine & Tropical Biology
James Cook University
Townsville, 4811, QLD

TEL: +61 7 4781 5752

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