Beata Ujvari

Beata Ujvari

Phone +61 3 5227 3248
Campus Geelong Waurn Ponds
Position Senior Research Fellow
Faculty Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
 Department  School of Life and Environmental Sciences – Centre for Integrative Ecology (CIE)

Research interests

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


  • Senior Research Fellow – Deakin University, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Australia
  • University of Sydney, Faculty of Veterinary Science

Some Key publications

Ujvari B., Dowton M. and Madsen T. 2007. Mitochondrial DNA recombination in a free-ranging Australian lizard. Biol. Lett. 3: 189-192.

Ujvari B., Dowton M. and Madsen T. 2008. Population genetic structure gene flow and sex-biased dispersal in frillneck lizards (Chlamydosaurus kingii). Mol. Ecol. 17: 3557-3564.

Ujvari B., Shine R and Madsen T. 2011. How well do predators adjust to climate mediated shifts in prey distribution? A study on Australian water pythons. Ecology 92: 777-783.

Ujvari B. and Madsen T. 2011. Do natural antibodies compensate for humoral immunosenescence in tropical pythons? Func. Ecol. 25: 813-817.

Ujvari B., Pearse A-M., Taylor R., Pyecroft S., Flanagan C., Gombert S., Papenfuss A.T., Madsen T. and Belov K. 2012. Telomere dynamics and homeostasis in a transmissible cancer. PLoS ONE 7: e44085.

Ujvari B., Pearse A-M., Piddington L., Peck S., Taylor R., Pyecroft S., Madsen T., Papenfuss A.T. and Belov K. 2013. Evolution of a contagious cancer: epigenetic variation in Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). Proc. R. Soc. B. 2013 280 20121720;DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1720.Published 21 November 2012

Ujvari B., Mun H., Conigrave A.D., Bray A., Osterkamp J., Halling P. and Madsen T. 2013. Isolation breeds naivety: island living robs Australian varanid lizards of toad-toxin immunity via four-base-pair mutation. Evolution 67: 289-294.

Ujvari B., Pearse A-M., Swift K., Hodson P., Hua B., Pyecroft S., Taylor R., Hamade R., Jones M., Belov K. and Madsen T. 2014. Anthropogenic selection enhances cancer evolution in Tasmanian devil tumours. Evol. Appl. 7: 260-265.

Ujvari, B., Papenfuss, T., Belov, K. (2015). Transmissible cancers in evolutionary context. Inside the Cell 1(1) DOI: 10.1002/icl3.1020

Roche, B., Ujvari, B., Thomas, F. (2015). Bad luck and cancer: Does evolution spin the wheel of fortune? BioEssays 37 (6), 586-587.

Ujvari, B. Casewell, N. R., Sunagar, K., Arbuckle, K., Wüster, W., Lo, N., O’Meally, D., Beckmann, C., King, G. F., Deplazes, E., Madsen, T. (2015). Widespread convergence in toxin resistance by predictable molecular evolution. PNAS 112(38), 11911–11916, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1511706112

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