Prof Lee Astheimer

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Visitor

Faculty

Instit for Frontier Materials

Department

Instit for Frontier Materials

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

l.astheimer@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 71147

Biography

Professor Lee Astheimer
BSc (Hons) (Lakehead), PhD (UC Davis)

Professor Lee Astheimer has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research of Deakin University since 2009, leading a portfolio that includes responsibility for:

  • Research services
  • Centre for Intelligent Systems Research
  • Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Professor Astheimer's role at Deakin is to provide academic leadership to advance Deakin’s distinctive research and research training and promoting, both nationally and internationally. This includes research development, industry-focused research and commercialisation and research promotion.

Professor Astheimer received her BSc Hon. from Lakehead University, Ontario Canada and her PhD in Ecology from University California, Davis, USA (1984). She was awarded a National Institutes of Health-NIMH Postdoctoral Award (1988-91) in comparative endocrinology and behaviour at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research has focussed on comparative endocrinology and behaviour related to nutrition, reproduction and stress in vertebrates including humans. Prior to joining Deakin Professor Astheimer was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and served as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research 2007-2008. She has also held academic positions at Rutgers University USA and the University of Tasmania.

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Publications

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2016

A 'slow pace of life' in Australian old-endemic passerine birds is not accompanied by low basal metabolic rates

C Bech, M Chappell, L Astheimer, G Londoño, W Buttemer

(2016), Vol. 186, pp. 503-512, Journal of comparative physiology b: biochemical, systemic, and environmental physiology, Berlin, Germany, C1

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2015

Lack of seasonal and moult-related stress modulation in an opportunistically breeding bird: The white-plumed honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus).

W Buttemer, B Addison, L Astheimer

(2015), Vol. 76, pp. 34-40, Hormones and Behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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A landscape-scale, applied fire management experiment promotes recovery of a population of the threatened Gouldian Finch, Erythrura gouldiae, in Australia's tropical savannas

S Legge, S Garnett, K Maute, J Heathcote, S Murphy, J Woinarski, L Astheimer

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-27, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal
2014

Predicting avian distributions to evaluate spatiotemporal overlap with locust control operations in eastern Australia.

J Szabo, P Davy, M Hooper, L Astheimer

(2014), Vol. 19, pp. 2026-2037, Ecological Applications, Washington, DC, C1-1

journal

Dynamics and spatio-temporal variability of environmental factors in Eastern Australia using functional principal component analysis

J Szabo, E Fedriani, M Segovia-González, L Astheimer, M Hooper

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 763-785, Journal of Biological Systems, Singapore, C1-1

journal

Attacks on humans by Australian Magpies (Cracticus tibicen): Territoriality, brood-defence or testosterone?

R Warne, D Jones, L Astheimer

(2014), Vol. 110, pp. 332-338, Emu : Austral ornithology, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal
2013

Seasonal stress physiology and body condition differ among co-occurring tropical finch species.

K Maute, K French, S Legge, L Astheimer

(2013), Vol. 183, pp. 1023-1037, Journal of Comparative Physiology B, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

journal
2012

Covariation in life-history traits : differential effects of diet on condition, hormones, behavior, and reproduction in genetic finch morphs

S Pryke, L Astheimer, S Griffith, W Buttemer

(2012), Vol. 179, pp. 375-390, American naturalist, Chicago, Ill., C1

journal
2011

Acute oral toxicity of the organophosphorus pesticide fenitrothion to fat-tailed and stripe-faced dunnarts and its relevance for pesticide risk assessments in Australia

P Story, M Hooper, L Astheimer, W Buttemer

(2011), Vol. 30, pp. 1163-1169, Environmental toxicology and chemistry, Pensacola, Fla., C1-1

journal

Adverse effects of fipronil on avian reproduction and development : maternal transfer of fipronil to eggs in zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata and in ovo exposure in chickens Gallus domesticus

M Kitulagodage, W Buttemer, L Astheimer

(2011), Vol. 20, pp. 653-660, Ecotoxicology, New York, N. Y., C1-1

journal

Fipronil toxicity in northern bobwhite quail colinus virginianus : reduced feeding behaviour and sulfone metabolite formation

M Kitulagodage, J Isanhart, W Buttemer, M Hooper, L Astheimer

(2011), Vol. 83, pp. 524-530, Chemosphere, Oxford, United Kingdom, C1-1

journal

Resource allocation across the egg laying sequence in the wild zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata

S Griffith, E Pariser, B Tschirren, L Astheimer

(2011), Vol. 42, pp. 480-484, Journal of Avian Biology, Chichester, England, C1-1

journal
2009

Plasma cholinesterase characteristics in native Australian birds : significance for monitoring avian species for pesticide exposure

K Fildes, J Szabo, M Hooper, W Buttemer, L Astheimer

(2009), Vol. 109, pp. 41-47, Emu, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

journal

The effect of acute fenitrotion exposure on a variety of physiological indices, including avian aerobic metabolism during exercise and cold exposure

K Fildes, L Astheimer, W Buttemer

(2009), Vol. 28, pp. 388-394, Environmental toxicology and chemistry, Pensacola, Fla., C1-1

journal

Dietary combination of soy with a probiotic or prebiotic food significantly reduces total and LDL cholesterol in mildly hypercholesterolaemic subjects

T Larkin, L Astheimer, W Price

(2009), Vol. 63, pp. 238-245, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, England, C1-1

journal

Sex-specific developmental plasticity in response to yolk corticosterone in an oviparous lizard

T Uller, J Hollander, L Astheimer, M Olsson

(2009), Vol. 212, pp. 1087-1091, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge, England, C1-1

journal
2008

Short-term changes in endogenous estrogen levels and consumption of soy isoflavones affect working and verbal memory in young adult females

F Islam, C Sparkes, S Roodenrys, L Astheimer

(2008), Vol. 11, pp. 251-262, Nutritional neuroscience, London, England, C1-1

journal

Fenitrothion, an organophosphate, affects running endurance but not aerobic capacity in fat-tailed dunnarts (Sminthopsis crassicaudata)

W Buttemer, P Story, K Fildes, R Baudinette, L Astheimer

(2008), Vol. 72, pp. 1315-1320, Chemosphere, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Diacetone alcohol, a dispersant solvent, contributes to acute toxicity of a fipronil-based insecticide in a passerine bird

M Kitulagodage, L Astheimer, W Buttemer

(2008), Vol. 71, pp. 597-600, Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, London, England, C1-1

journal

Testosterone effects on avian basal metabolic rate and aerobic performance : facts and artefacts

W Buttemer, S Warne, C Bech, L Astheimer

(2008), Vol. 150, pp. 204-210, Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A : molecular and integrative physiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

The key importance of soy isoflavone bioavailability to understanding health benefits

T Larkin, W Price, L Astheimer

(2008), Vol. 48, pp. 538-552, Critical reviews in food science and nutrition, London, England, C1-1

journal
2007

Predicting spatio-temporal distribution for eastern Australian birds using birds Australia's atlas data : survey method, habitat and seasonal effects

J Szabo, P Davy, M Hooper, L Astheimer

(2007), Vol. 107, pp. 89-99, Emu, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

journal

Increased probiotic yogurt or resistant starch intake does not affect isoflavone bioavailability in subjects consuming a high soy diet

T Larkin, W Price, L Astheimer

(2007), Vol. 23, pp. 709-718, Nutrition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Reduced egg investment can conceal helper effects in cooperatively breeding birds

A Russell, N Langmore, A Cockburn, L Astheimer, R Kilner

(2007), Vol. 317, pp. 941-944, Science, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal

Frequency-dependent physiological trade-offs between competing colour morphs

S Pryke, L Astheimer, W Buttemer, S Griffith

(2007), Vol. 3, pp. 494-497, Biology letter, London, England, C1-1

journal

Consequences of maternal yolk testosterone for offspring development and survival : experimental test in a lizard

T Uller, L Astheimer, M Olsson

(2007), Vol. 21, pp. 544-551, Functional ecology, London, England, C1-1

journal

Morphometric measures as a moderate predictor of gender in the white-browed Babbler Pomatostomus supercilious gilgandra

S Oppenheimer, L Astheimer, W Buttemer, M Anderson

(2007), Vol. 31, pp. 15-18, Corella, Sydney South, N.S.W., C1-1

journal

Tissue distribution of lignans in rats in response to diet, dose-response, and competition with isoflavones

T Murray, J Kang, L Astheimer, W Price

(2007), Vol. 55, pp. 4907-4912, Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, Columbus, Ohio, C1-1

journal

Afternoon T : Testosterone level is higher in red than yellow male polychromatic lizards

M Olsson, M Healey, L Astheimer

(2007), Vol. 91, pp. 531-534, Physiology and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2006

Cholinesterase response in native birds exposed to fenitrothion during locust control operations in Eastern Australia

K Fildes, L Astheimer, P Story, W Buttemer, M Hooper

(2006), Vol. 25, pp. 2964-2970, Environmental toxicology and chemistry, Pensacola, Fla., C1-1

journal

Development of mound-building in Australian brush-turkeys (Alectura lathami) : the role of learning, testosterone and body mass

A Goth, L Astheimer

(2006), Vol. 54, pp. 71-78, Australian journal of zoology, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

journal
2005

Short term soy consumption affects working memory in your females

F Islam, C Sparkes, S Roodenrys, L Astheimer

(2005), Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on the Role of Soy in Preventing and Treating Chronic Disease, Chicago, Illinois, E1-1

conference
2004

Effects of sublethal fenitrothion ingestion on cholinesterase inhibition, standard metabolism, thermal preference, and prey-capture ability in the Australian central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps, Agamidae)

D Bain, W Buttemer, L Astheimer, K Fildes, M Hooper

(2004), Vol. 23, pp. 109-116, Environmental toxicology and chemistry, Pensacola, Fla., C1-1

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Limited lipid-lowering effects of regular consumption of whole soybean foods

B Meyer, T Larkin, A Owen, L Astheimer, L Tapsell, P Howe

(2004), Vol. 48, pp. 67-78, Annals of nutrition and metabolism, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

journal

Landscape-level modeling of risk to Australian birds from locusts control pesticides

J Szabo, L Astheimer, W Buttemer, M Hooper

(2004), SETAC 2004 : Abstract book, fourth SETAC world congress and 25th annual meeting in North America : 25 years of interdisciplinary science serving global society ; 14 - 18 November 2004, Portland Convention Center ; 25th anniversary of SETAC, 1979 - 2004., Portland, Oregon, E1-1

conference
2003

Avian-locust interactions : implications for risk of pesticide exposure

J Szabo, L Astheimer, P Story, M Hooper, W Buttemer

(2003), SETAC/ASE Asia Pacific 2003, Christchurch, New Zealand : programme and abstracts, 28 September - 1st October 2003, Christchurch, New Zealand, E1-1

conference

Walking the talk : why mere legislative compliance is no longer enough for environmentally responsible locust control in Australia

P Story, L Astheimer, W Buttemer, M Hooper, K Fildes, J Szabo

(2003), SETAC/ASE Asia Pacific 2003, Christchurch, New Zealand : programme and abstracts, 28 September - 1st October 2003, Christchurch, New Zealand, E1-1

conference

Effect of a prebiotic or probiotic on soy isoflavone bioavailability

T Larkin, W Price, L Astheimer

(2003), Dietary polyphenols and health : proceedings of the 1st International Conference on polyphenols and health held in Vichy, France, November 18-21, 2003, Vichy, France, E1-1

conference

Cholesterol-lowering effect of soy : Is it related to Equol?

T Larkin, W Price, L Astheimer

(2003), Dietary polyphenols and health : proceedings of the 1st International Conference on polyphenols and health held in Vichy, France, November 18-21, 2003, Vichy, France, E1-1

conference

Influence of dietary omega-6 fatty acid uptake on utilisation of omega-3 fatty acids

L Ridges, E Grigonis-Deane, B Meyer, L Astheimer, P McLennan, P Howe

(2003), MRW 2003 : Medical Research Week conference, Wollongong, N.S.W., E1-1

conference
2002

Hypocholestrolemic effect of chronic soy consumption may be linked to equol.

B Meyer, T Larkin, A Owen, L Astheimer, L Lapsell, P Howe

(2002), pp. 53-61, 2002: Soy & Health : clinical evidence, dietetic applications, London, E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Enterprise Connect- Employment of 2 full time and 1 part-time researchers ('Strategy Advisors')

Prof Lee Astheimer

  • 2011: $19,920
  • 2009: $183,414
  • 2008: $340,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report