Adjunct Lecturer, The University of Adelaide
Honorary Research Associate, South Australian Museum
Consultant Zoologist, Specialised Zoological
kyle.armstrong at adelaide.edu.au
Dr Armstrong works on small terrestrial vertebrates, but with a specialist and consuming (perhaps an unhealthy and disturbing) interest in bats. Past and present projects involve taxonomy and systematics, population genetics, morphometrics, evolution, bioacoustics and ecology. Remote areas fieldwork has provided samples from across the arid rocky regions and savannahs of northern Australia, to the many islands of the Japanese archipelago, to the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. A central theme in all his research is biodiversity conservation, and he cultivates opportunities to help inject his research outcomes into environmental policy, legislation and helping development companies resolve issues with threatened bat species and achieve their environmental responsibilities.
A quick overview of the past 20 years ...
Completed a PhD at The University of Western Australia on the Orange Leaf-nosed Bat Rhinonicteris aurantia. Since that time, has made a great many further contributions to the conservation of both this species and the Vulnerable Ghost Bat in the Pilbara region of Western Australia through environmental consultancy work and contributions to the Australian Commonwealth Government.
Zoologist with the environmental consultant company Biota Environmental Sciences Pty Ltd.
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers at the Kyoto University Museum in Japan, working on the incipient Japanese Least Horseshoe bat Rhinolophus cornutus.
Research Officer at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, contributing to numerous collaborative and multi-institutional projects on small mammals, frogs and reptiles.
ABRS Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Adelaide, resolving the taxonomy of Australia's threatened bat species (work is ongoing).
Outgoing President of the Australasian Bat Society (2012-2016).
Member of the IUCN SSC Bat Specialist Group (assessor and author for the bat species of Australasia).
Regularly invited to contribute advice, information and to author policy documents by the Commonwealth Government of Australia’s Department of the Environment.
Helped to develop protected mammal listings under new environmental law in Timor-Leste.
Biodiversity surveys in Papua New Guinea ...
Dr Armstrong has worked on New Guinea bats (and increasingly, other mammals and frogs) for the past 10 years. He has pioneered the acoustic identification of bats in Papua New Guinea and his knowledge of this topic is unsurpassed. He works in a team of senior experienced specialist biologists (Ken Aplin, Stephen Richards and Iain Woxvold) as an environmental consultant, and has been part of numerous environmental impact assessments for major development projects. The outcomes of commercial work is not publicly available (though a list of projects is available here), but the results of his involvements in biodiversity surveys by non-government organisations such as Conservation International and the Wildlife Conservation Society, as well as Provincial Governments in Papua New Guinea, are available. Click on a link below to download a PDF.
Currently university research and postgraduate student supervision ...
Resolving the taxonomy of numerous groups of bat in northern Australian and Papua New Guinea using high-throughput DNA sequencing (RADseq and exon capture) - generously funded (2015-2018) by the Hermon Slade Foundation.
Research collaborator contributing to the bat phylogenomics component of the Oz Mammals Genomes Project (2016-2018; led by Professor Craig Moritz at the Australian National University and funded by Bioplatforms Australia), which includes a specialist and collaborative focus on the taxonomy and population genetics of the Christmas Island Flying-fox.
Hosting Associate Professor Jun Sato from Fukuyama University, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan in 2017-2018.
Principal Supervisor of PhD student Mr Sigit Wiantoro, who is working on the systematics and biogeographical history of the bent-winged bats Miniopterus spp. in the Indo-Australasian region, supported by the Hermon Slade Foundation.
Co-supervised (in 2016) two Masters and one Honours student with Prof Anthony Zander in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on bat bioacoustics, supported by ARC grant funding from Assoc Prof Sue Hand at the University of New South Wales and the Australian Synchrotron.
Co-supervising two tenacious and brilliant PhD students Julie Broken-Brow at the University of Queensland and Nicola Hanrahan at Western Sydney University (and a proud member of Justin Welbergen's and Chris Turbill's continent-spanning Batslab).
For a current list of publications and downloads ...