Dr Beata Ujvari

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Master of Agricultural Science, , 1995
Doctor of Philosophy, , 2001

Research interests

Being an evolutionary ecologist, my research focuses on the interaction between organisms and their environment and these effects on organismal fitness.  The particular aim of my research is to explore the significance of genetic and epigenetic organismal responses to both macro- and micro environmental challenges.

Affiliations

Senior Honorary Fellow at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney

Knowledge areas

Genetics, evolutionary ecology, conservation biology, immunology

Conferences

2015

• Invited speaker: The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health Inaugural Meeting, Tempe
• Invited speaker: Cancer & Evolution, Sydney Cancer Network, USyd, Sydney

2014

• Invited speaker: Workshop on diversity in telomere dynamics, Glasgow
• Invited speaker: Australian Telomere and DNA Repair Workshop, Sydney
• Invited speaker: 7th World Cancer Congress, Nanjing, China - declined
• Member of program and organizing committee: Sydney Cancer Conference, Sydney
• Member of program and organizing committee: GSA 2014, Sydney
• Member of program committee: VetSci 2014, Singapore
2013 • Invited speaker: 6th World Cancer Congress 2013, Xi’an, China
• Invited speaker: ComBio2013, Perth
• Member of program committee: VetSci 2013, Singapore
• Oral presentation: GSA 2013, Sydney
• Invited seminar, Deakin University, Geelong
• Invited speaker, Distinguished Visitors Program - Mammals response to change workshop, UNSW, Sydney
• Invited presentation: IBECC, San Francisco, USA
2012
• Invited seminar, Macquarie University, Sydney
• Invited seminar: Early Career Showcase, University of Sydney
• Invited seminar: Australian National University, Canberra
• Invited seminar: SoB, University of Sydney
2011 • Oral presentation, GSA, Melbourne
2010 • Oral presentation: ISBE, Perth

Professional activities

•Chair of Comparative Oncology Special Interest Group, Cancer Research Network, University of Sydney, 2012 - 2014

• Member of program and organizing committee: Sydney Cancer Conference, Sydney
• Member of program and organizing committee: GSA 2014, Sydney
• Member of program committee: VetSci 2013, 2014, Singapore

Media appearances

Media coverage and interviews

• “Animal instincts could help in cancer fight, Deakin researcher says” by Dundas, G. Geelong Advertiser, January 2015.

• “Devil cancer invincible” by Elizabeth Lord, Hobart Mercury, 2012
• “Deadly devil disease is here to stay” by Laura Boness, Science Illustrated, 2012
• “Devil’s Contagious Cancer Evolves” by Jesse Jenkins, Biotechniques, 2012
• “Evolving cancer could spare Tassie devils” by Anna Salleh, ABC Science, 2012
• “Tasmanian Devil's Sneaky, Contagious Cancer Evolves” by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience, 2012
• “Killer Cane Toads”, ABC Television, Nexus, 2003 and National Geographic, 2006
• “Snakes alive!” by Geordie Torr and David Hancock, Australian Geographic, 2004
• “The Great Hungarian Plain”, The Mystique Of The Magyars”; ABC Radio, 2000

Research advertised on public and scientific websites

• “Comparative Oncology Special Interest Group” - http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/research/comparative-oncology/index.shtml

• “Comparative Oncology SIG (CO-SIG) activities” Cancer Research Network, The University of Sydney, June 2013.

• IBECC2013 Carl Zimmer “The Devil’s Tumor: How Cancer Evolved into a New Form of life” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrGoaTHEoCA

• “Featured CRN member “Cancer Research Network, The University of Sydney, September 2012.


• “Infected Tasmanian devils reveal how cancer cells evolve in response to humans” by ScienceDaily (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140218100709.htm)


• “Infected Tasmanian devils reveal how cancer cells evolve in response to humans” by ScienceCodex (http://www.sciencecodex.com/infected_tasmanian_devils_reveal_how_cancer_cells_evolve_in_response_to_humans-128069)


• “Age and Immune response” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4Vh7IKkXVI&feature=c4-overview&list=UUOuiMut9agh85AHukn-6b7Q

Research groups

http://wildgenesgroup.com/

Awards

  • Ian Potter Travel Award to attend Workshop of Telomere Dynamics” in Scotland - 1.2K 2014
  • Deans Discretion Funds (Fac.Vet. Sci. USyd) to attend the National Cancer Institute Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention, NCI USA - 2K, 2012

Projects

Visit the following link for detailed info on projects:

http://wildgenesgroup.com/

Publications

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2016

The guardians of inherited oncogenic vulnerabilities

Audrey Arnal, Tazzio Tissot, Dr Beata Ujvari, Leonard Nunney, Eric Solary, Lucie Laplane, Francois Bonhomme, Marion Vittecoq, Aurelie Tasiemski, Francois Renaud, Pascal Pujol, Benjamin Roche, Frederic Thomas

(2016), Vol. 70, pp. 1-6, Evolution, Hoboken, N.J., C1

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Floods and famine: climate-induced collapse of a tropical predator-prey community

Dr Beata Ujvari, Gregory P. Brown, Prof Richard Shine, Thomas Madsen

(2016), Vol. 30, pp. 453-458, Functional ecology, London, Eng., C1

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2015

Evolutionary perspective of cancer: myth, metaphors, and reality

Audrey Arnal, Dr Beata Ujvari, Bernard Crespi, Robert Gatenby, Tazzio Tissot, Marion Vittecoq, Paul Ewald, Andreu Casali, Hugo Ducasse, Camille Jacqueline, Dorothee Misse, Francois Renaud, Benjamin Roche, Frederic Thomas

(2015), Vol. 8, pp. 541-544, Evolutionary applications, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Cancer: an emergent property of disturbed resource-rich environments? Ecology meets personalized medicine

Hugo Ducasse, Audrey Arnal, Marion Vittecoq, Simon Daoust, Dr Beata Ujvari, Camille Jacqueline, Tazzio Tissot, Paul Ewald, Robert Gatenby, Kayla King, Francois Bonhomme, Jacques Brodeur, Francois Renaud, Eric Solary, Benjamin Roche, Frederic Thomas

(2015), Vol. 8, pp. 527-540, Evolutionary applications, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Bad luck and cancer: does evolution spin the wheel of fortune?

Benjamin Roche, Dr Beata Ujvari, Frederic Thomas

(2015), Vol. 37, pp. 586-587, Bioessays, Weinheim, Germany, C1

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Animal behaviour and cancer

Marion Vittecoq, Hugo Ducasse, Audrey Arnal, Andes Pape Moller, Dr Beata Ujvari, Camille Jacqueline, Tazzio Tissot, Dorothee Misse, F Bernex, N Pirot, K Lemberger, J Abadie, S Labrut, Francois Bonhomme, Francois Renaud, B Roche, F Thomas

(2015), Vol. 101, pp. 19-26, Animal behaviour, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Characterization of antibody V segment diversity in the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

Dr Beata Ujvari, Katherine Belov

(2015), Vol. 167, pp. 156-165, Veterinary immunology and immunopathology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Identification, characterisation and expression analysis of natural killer receptor genes in chlamydia pecorum infected koalas (phascolarctos cinereus)

Katrina M Morris, Marina Mathew, Courtney Waugh, Dr Beata Ujvari, Peter Timms, Adam Polkinghorne, Katherine Belov

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 796-11, BMC genomics, London, Eng., C1

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Can Peto's paradox be used as the null hypothesis to identify the role of evolution in natural resistance to cancer? A critical review

Hugo Ducasse, Dr Beata Ujvari, Eric Solary, Marion Vittecoq, Audrey Arnal, Florence Bernex, Nelly Pirot, Dorothee Misse, Francois Bonhomme, Francois Renaud, Frederic Thomas, Benjamin Roche

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 792-800, BMC cancer, London, Eng., C1

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2014

Anthropogenic selection enhances cancer evolution in Tasmanian devil tumours

Dr Beata Ujvari, Anne-Maree Pearse, kate swift, pamela hodson, Bobby Hua, Stephen Pyecroft, robyn taylor, rodrigo hamede, menna jones, Katherine Belov, Thomas Madsen

(2014), Vol. 7, pp. 260-265, Evolutionary applications, London, Eng., C1-1

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What causes canine sino-nasal aspergillosis? A molecular approach to species identification

jessica talbot, lynelle johnson, martin patricia, beatty julia, deanna sutton, frederic billen, catriona halliday, justine gibson, sarah kidd, jorg steiner, Dr Beata Ujvari, vanessa barrs

(2014), Vol. 200, pp. 17-21, Veterinary journal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Invasive toxic prey may imperil the survival of an iconic giant lizard, the Komodo dragon

Dr Beata Ujvari, hee-chang mun, arthur conigrave, Claudio Ciofi, Thomas Madsen

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 363-365, Pacific conservation biology, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1

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2013

Placental lipoprotein lipase (LPL) gene expression in a placentotrophic lizard, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii

oliver griffith, Dr Beata Ujvari, katherine belov, Mr Michael James Thompson

(2013), Vol. 320, pp. 465-470, Journal of experimental zoology, London, Eng., C1-1

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Queensland northern quolls are not immune to cane toad toxin

Dr Beata Ujvari, meri oakwood, Thomas Madsen

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 228-231, Wildlife research, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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Invader impact clarifies the roles of top-down and bottom-up effects on tropical snake populations

Gregory P. Brown, Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen, Prof Richard Shine

(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 351-361, Functional ecology, London, Eng., C1-1

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Identification of natural killer cell receptor genes in the genome of the marsupial Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

lauren van der kraan, Miss Emily Wong, nathan lo, Dr Beata Ujvari, Katherine Belov

(2013), Vol. 65, pp. 25-35, Immuno-genetics, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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Isolation breeds naivety : island living robs Australian varanid lizards of toad-toxin immunity via four-base-pair mutation

Dr Beata Ujvari, hee-chang mun, arthur conigrave, alessandra bray, Jens Osterkamp, petter halling, Thomas Madsen

(2013), Vol. 67, pp. 289-294, Evolution: International journal of organic evolution, Oxford, England, C1-1

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2012

Evolution of a contagious cancer: epigenetic variation in devil facial tumour disease

Dr Beata Ujvari, Anne-Maree Pearse, sarah peck, collette harmsen, robyn taylor, Stephen Pyecroft, Thomas Madsen, Anthony T. Papenfuss, Katherine Belov

(2012), Vol. 280, pp. 2-8, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: biological sciences, London, Eng., C1-1

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New insights into the role of MHC diversity in devil facial tumour disease

amanda lane, yuanyuan cheng, belinda wright, rodrigo hamede, laura levan, menna jones, Dr Beata Ujvari, Katherine Belov

(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 1-9, PLoS one, San Fransico, Calif., C1-1

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Telomere dynamics and homeostasis in a transmissible cancer

Dr Beata Ujvari, Anne-Maree Pearse, robyn taylor, Stephen Pyecroft, cassandra flanagan, sara gombert, Anthony T. Papenfuss, Thomas Madsen, Katherine Belov

(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 1-8, PLoS one, San Fransico, Calif., C1-1

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2011

DNA methylation in the termite Coptotermes lacteus

nathan lo, Bo Li, Dr Beata Ujvari

(2011), Vol. 59, pp. 257-261, Insectes sociaux, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

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Climate change, multiple paternity and offspring survival in lizards

mats olsson, tonia shwartz, Erik Wapstra, tobias uller, Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen, Prof Richard Shine

(2011), Vol. 65, pp. 3323-3326, Evolution: International journal of organic evolution, London, Eng., C1-1

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Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) markers in conservation biology

Dr Beata Ujvari, Katherine Belov

(2011), Vol. 12, pp. 5168-5186, International journal of molecular sciences, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

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Do natural antibodies compensate for humoral immunosenescence in tropical pythons?

Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen

(2011), Vol. 25, pp. 813-817, Functional ecology, London, Eng., C1-1

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The potential demise of a population of adders (Vipera berus) in Smygehuk, Sweden

Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari

(2011), Vol. 6, pp. 72-74, Herpetological conservation and biology, Texarkana, Tex., C1-1

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A microsatellite-based test of the Reticulitermes speratus genetic caste determination model in Coptotermes lacteus

Dr Beata Ujvari, Bo Li, Theodore A Evans, Andrew G King, Osamu Kitade

(2011), Vol. 58, pp. 365-370, Insectes sociaux, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

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2010

Detecting the impact of invasive species on native fauna: Cane toads (Bufo marinus), frillneck lizards (Chlamydosaurus kingii) and the importance of spatial replication

Dr Beata Ujvari, Prof Richard Shine, Thomas Madsen

(2010), Vol. 36, pp. 126-130, Australian ecology, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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In hot pursuit : fluctuating mating system and sexual selection in sand lizards

mats olsson, Erik Wapstra, tonia shwartz, Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari, tobias uller

(2010), Vol. 65, pp. 574-583, Evolution: International journal of organic evolution, London, Eng., C1-1

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2009

Climate-driven impacts of prey abundance on the population structure of a tropical aquatic predator

Dr Beata Ujvari, stefan andersson, Gregory P. Brown, Prof Richard Shine, Thomas Madsen

(2009), Vol. 119, pp. 188-196, Oikos, London, Eng., C1-1

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Experimental studies of blowfly (Calliphora stygia) longevity : a little dietary fat is beneficial but too much is detrimental

Dr Beata Ujvari, james F wallman, Thomas Madsen, megan whelan, a j hulber

(2009), Vol. 154, pp. 383-388, Comparative biochemistry and physiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Short telomeres in hatching snakes : erythrocyte telomere dynamics and longevity in tropical pythons

Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen

(2009), Vol. 4, pp. 1-5, PLoS one, San Fransico, Calif., C1-1

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Increased mortality of naive varanid lizards after the invasion of non-native can toads (bufo marinus)

Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen

(2009), Vol. 4, pp. 248-251, Herpetological conservation and biology, Texarkana, Tex., C1-1

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Molecular and morphological description of a Hepatozoon species in reptiles and their ticks in the Northern Territory, Australia

inger-marie vilcins, Dr Beata Ujvari, julie old, Elizabeth Deane

(2009), Vol. 95, pp. 434-442, Journal of parasitology, Lawrence, Ks., C1-1

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2008

Complete mitochondrial genome of the frillneck lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii, Reptilia; Agamidae), another squamate with two control regions.

Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen

(2008), Vol. 19, pp. 465-470, Mitochondrial DNA, London, Eng., C1-1

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Population genetic structure, gene flow and sex-biased dispersal in frillneck lizards (Chlamydosaurus kingii)

Dr Beata Ujvari, M dowton, Thomas Madsen

(2008), Vol. 17, pp. 3557-3564, Molecular ecology, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

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2007

Do "infectious" prey select for high levels of natural antibodies in tropical pythons?

Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari, Kutty Selva Nandakumar, Dennis Hasselquist, Rikard Holmdahl

(2007), Vol. 21, pp. 271-279, Evolutionary ecology, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Mitochondrial DNA recombination in a free-ranging Australian lizard

Dr Beata Ujvari, Mark Dowton, Thomas Madsen

(2007), Vol. 3, pp. 189-192, Biology letters, London, England, C1-1

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2006

Size matters : extraordinary rodent abundance on an Australian tropical floodplain

Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari, Prof Richard Shine, Prof Bill Buttemer, M. Olsson

(2006), Vol. 31, pp. 361-365, Austral ecology, Milton, Qld, C1-1

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Rain, rats and pythons: climate-driven population dynamics of predators and prey in tropical Australia

Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari, Prof Richard Shine, mats olsson

(2006), Vol. 31, pp. 30-37, Austral ecology, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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Age, parasites, and condition affect humoral immune response in tropical pythons

Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen

(2006), Vol. 17, pp. 20-24, Behavioral ecology, Cary, NC, C1-1

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MHC class I variation associates with parasite resistance and longevity in tropical pythons

Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari

(2006), Vol. 19, pp. 1973-1978, Journal of evolutionary biology, Chichester, England, C1-1

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2005

Does mate guarding prevent rival mating in snow skinks? A test using AFLP

mats olsson, Dr Beata Ujvari, Erik Wapstra, Thomas Madsen, Prof Richard Shine, Staffan Bensch

(2005), Vol. 61, pp. 389-394, Herpetologica, Lawrence, KS, C1-1

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Costly parasite resistance: a genotype-dependent handicap in sand lizards?

mats olsson, Erik Wapstra, Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari, Carl Rugfelt

(2005), Vol. 1, pp. 375-377, Biology letters, London, England, C1-1

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Severe malformation in neonate Vipera ursinii rakosiensis

Tamas Toth, Janos Gal, Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen

(2005), Vol. 26, pp. 388-390, Amphibia reptilia, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Discrepancy in mitochondrial and nuclear polymorphism in meadow vipers (Vipera ursinii) questions the unambiguous use of mtDNA in conservation studies

Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen, mats olsson

(2005), Vol. 26, pp. 287-292, Amphibia reptilia, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Paternal alleles enhance female reproductive success in tropical pythons

Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari, mats olsson, Prof Richard Shine

(2005), Vol. 14, pp. 1783-1787, Molecular ecology, Chichester, England, C1-1

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MHC, health, color, and reproductive success in sand lizards

mats olsson, Thomas Madsen, Erik Wapstra, Bengt Silverin, Dr Beata Ujvari, Hakan Wittzell

(2005), Vol. 58, pp. 289-294, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

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Old pythons stay fit : effects of haematozoan infections on life history traits of a large tropical predator

Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari, mats olsson

(2005), Vol. 142, pp. 407-412, Oecologia, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

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The role of Haldane's rule in sex allocation

mats olsson, Thomas Madsen, tobias uller, Erik Wapstra, Dr Beata Ujvari

(2005), Vol. 59, pp. 221-225, Evolution, Oxford, England, C1-1

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2004

Novel genes continue to enhance population growth in adders (Vipera berus)

Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari, mats olsson

(2004), Vol. 120, pp. 145-147, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Haldane rules: costs of outbreeding at production of daughters in sand lizards

mats olsson, Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen, tobias uller, Erik Wapstra

(2004), Vol. 7, pp. 924-928, Ecology letters, Chichester, England, C1-1

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High prevalence of Hepatozoon spp. (Apicomplexa, Hepatozoidae) infection in water pythons (Liasis fuscus) from tropical Australia

Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen, mats olsson

(2004), Vol. 90, pp. 670-672, Journal of parasitology, Lincoln, Nebraska, C1-1

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Fecundity and MHC affects ejaculation tactics and paternity bias in sand lizards

mats olsson, Thomas Madsen, Dr Beata Ujvari, Erik Wapstra

(2004), Vol. 58, pp. 906-909, Evolution, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Offspring-driven local dispersal in female sand lizards (Lacerta agilis)

Karin Ryberg, mats olsson, Erik Wapstra, Thomas Madsen, Sofia Anderholm, Dr Beata Ujvari

(2004), Vol. 17, pp. 1215-1220, Journal of evolutionary biology, Chichester, England, C1-1

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2003

Major histocompatibility complex and mate choice in sand lizards

mats olsson, Thomas Madsen, Jessica Nordby, Erik Wapstra, Dr Beata Ujvari, Hakan Wittzell

(2003), Vol. 270, pp. 254-256, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, London, England, C1-1

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2002

Sexual dimorphism in lizard body shape: The roles of sexual selection and fecundity selection

mats olsson, Prof Richard Shine, Erik Wapstra, Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen

(2002), Vol. 56, pp. 1538-1541, Evolution, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Low genetic diversity threatens imminent extinction for the Hungarian meadow viper (Vipera ursinii rakosiensis)

Dr Beata Ujvari, Thomas Madsen, Tatiana Kotenko, mats olsson, Prof Richard Shine, Hakan Wittzell

(2002), Vol. 105, pp. 127-130, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2000

Life history, population characteristics and conservation of the Hungarian meadow viper (Vipera ursinii rakosiensis)

Dr Beata Ujvari, Zoltan Korsos, Tamas Pechy

(2000), Vol. 21, pp. 267-278, Amphibia reptilia, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Use of radiotelemetry on snakes: a review

Dr Beata Ujvari, Zoltan Korsos

(2000), Vol. 46, pp. 115-146, Acta zoologica academiae scientiarum hungaricae, Budapest, Hungary, C1-1

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