Robert Whyte

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Whyte in 2013


Robert Whyte (born 1955, in Melbourne) is an Australian writer. He was a founding co-owner and director of the Brisbane-based multimedia firm ToadShow. After 2012 he participated in the Australian Government's new species exploration program Bush Blitz. His works include The Creek in Our Back Yard: a practical guide to creek restoration (2011)[1] and A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia[2] for CSIRO Publishing 2017.

Biography[edit]

Robert Whyte delivering a paper on invertebrate biodiversity Photo: Mark Crocker[3] at the Brisbane City Council's 2010 Biodiversity Forum

Robert Whyte was born in Melbourne in 1955.[4] His family moved to Brisbane in 1957.

In 1976 he was awarded a One Year Young Writer's Fellowship by the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.[5][6]

In 1981 he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies at Alexander Mackie CAE (now University of Western Sydney), and was a contributor to Sydney art magazine Art Network.

In 1985 he undertook the production of Environment Victoria, the magazine of the Conservation Council of Victoria, now Environment Victoria. In 1987 he was founding co-editor of contemporary art magazine Eyeline with Sarah Follent and Graham Coulter-Smith.[7]

Robert Whyte was a co-owner of ToadShow, a multimedia firm in Brisbane, Queensland.[8]

Anne Jones, Damien Ledwich, Robert Whyte and mark Bracken, editors of Cane Toad Times.
Anne Jones, Damien Ledwich, Robert Whyte and Mark Bracken, editors of Cane Toad Times.

As a web designer he was responsible for Brisbane Stories a collection of web sites revealing stories of hidden Brisbane featuring art, environment and history.[9]

Robert Whyte was an editor of The Cane Toad Times from 1985 to 1990.[10][11][12] Between 2010 and 2013 he undertook habitat restorations projects in South East Queensland.[13] In 2011 his book The creek in our backyard: A practical guide for landholders[14] was published, an expanded second edition appearing in 2013[15] A field guide to the spiders of Australia for CSIRO Publishing was released 1 June 2017.[2][16]

Bush Blitz[edit]

Robert Whyte at Kiwirrkurra
Robert Whyte far right with the Bush Blitz team in Kiwirrkurra Indigenous Protected Area Gibson Desert WA.

Robert Whyte participated in the Australian Government's new species exploration program Bush Blitz from 2012's Fish River Bush Blitz,[17] as a scientist specialising in spiders and as a scientific photographer. In 2013 he attended the Henbury Station Bush Blitz[18][19][20] in the Northern Territory. In 2014 he participated as scientist and photographer at the Home Valley Bush Blitz[21][22][23] in The Kimberly, Western Australia and in 2015 participated in the Kiwirrkurra IPA Bush Blitz in the Gibson Desert in Western Australia.[24][25] In 2017 he attended the Bush Blitz, in Quinkan Country inland from Cooktown on Cape York Peninsula, where he photographed and filmed live spiders discovered on the trip.[26][27][28]

In September 2018 Robert Whyte’s discovered 37 new spider species leading the spider team as part of the fauna, flora and fungi stocktake led by John Sinclair of the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation[29] in conjunction with Cooloola Coast Care.[30][31][32][33][34][35]

A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia[edit]

Whyte and Anderson's A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia was published in 2017 by CSIRO Publishing (with foreword by Tim Low). The News Network news.com.au report on "Five reasons why you shouldn't be afraid of spiders" was based on the content of the book.[36] On 4 May 2018 Robert Whyte appeared on Gardening Australia as a “My Garden Path” presenter, explaining the link between spider diversity and healthy gardens.[37]

Publishing[edit]

In 2019 Whyte started a new venture called h.a.r.p.o. (How About Resisting Powerful Organisations) to publish books featuring Brisbane, especially Brisbane Noir.[38][39]

Books[edit]

  • Negative thinking, Brisbane, Planet Press, 1976, [64]p., Limited edition of 500 copies, ISBN 0908193025[40]
  • Manacles, Melbourne, Melbourne Paragraph of the Senate of Pataphysical Representatives, 1985[41]
  • From inside the asylum, South Sydney, Brou Ha Ha Books, 1980, [18] p., ISBN 0959321306[42]
  • The creek in our backyard: a practical guide for habitat restoration, Second edition revised and expanded June 2013. Save Our Waterways Now Inc, 2013 59 pages, colour illustrations, colour map, colour portraits ISBN 9780646902142[43]
  • A field guide to spiders of Australia, by Whyte, Robert, 1955, and Anderson, Greg Clayton, Vic., CSIRO Publishing, 2017 ISBN 9780643107076 [16][44]

Taxonomy papers[edit]

  • Australian jumping spiders of the genus Hypoblemum (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryini) Peckhamia 180.1[45]
  • A new peacock spider from the Cape York Peninsula (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryini: Maratus Karsch 1878). Peckhamia 177.1: 1-6.[46]
  • Revision of eastern Australian ant-mimicking spiders of the genus Myrmarachne (Araneae, Salticidae) reveals a complex of species and forms[47]
  • The first described male Tube-web Spider for mainland Australia: Ariadna kiwirrkurra sp. Nov. (Araneae: Segestriidae)[48]
  • The Peacock Spiders (Araneae: Salticidae: Maratus) of the Queensland Museum, including six new species[49]
  • Biodiversity discovery program Bush Blitz yields a new species of goblin spider, Cavisternum attenboroughi (Araneae: Oonopidae), from the Northern Territory[50]
  • Biodiversity discovery program bush blitz supplies missing ant spider females (araneae: Zodariidae) from Victoria[51]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The creek in our back yard" ISBN 978-0-646-55158-6. Save Our Waterways Now Inc | ABN 78 309 030 727 http://saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=2340 and second edition revised and expanded June 2013 ISBN 978-0-646-90214-2 http://saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=2423
  2. ^ a b "A field Guide to the Spiders of Australia" for CSIRO Publishing http://www.arachne.org.au
  3. ^ "Take a closer look: observations of a digital naturalist" http://www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/_dbase_upl/spidiversity_005-lo.pdf
  4. ^ "Robert WHYTE". ARI Remix: Living Archives, Artist-Runs 1980-2000 Qld, NSW, ACT. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  5. ^ Austlit. "Robert John Whyte: (author/organisation) | AustLit: Discover Australian Stories". www.austlit.edu.au. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Robert WHYTE". ARI Remix: Living Archives, Artist-Runs 1980-2000 Qld, NSW, ACT. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  7. ^ Queensland Artworkers Alliance. 1987 Eyeline National Library
  8. ^ Jordan, Peter 2007 Career FAQs Digital Media ISBN 1-921106-49-2
  9. ^ Brisbane Stories http://www.brisbane-stories.webcentral.com.au/
  10. ^ jurisdiction=Queensland, corporateName=State Library of Queensland. "Cane Toad Times". www.slq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Cane Toad Times Warts and All Best of Collection 1977-1990". www.toadshow.com.au. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  12. ^ Whyte, Robert (2011). Poking Fun in a Police State. Brisbane: State Library of Queensland. ISBN 9780975803080.
  13. ^ Creek Rescue and Catchment Care (CRACC)
  14. ^ Robert., Whyte (2011). The creek in our backyard : a practical guide for landholders. Save Our Waterways Now (Organisation). The Gap, Qld.: Save Our Waterways Now Inc. ISBN 9780646551586. OCLC 780532080.
  15. ^ Robert, Whyte. The creek in our backyard : a practical guide for habitat restoration. Save Our Waterways Now (Organisation) (Second edition revised and expanded June 2013 ed.). The Gap, Queensland. ISBN 9780646902142. OCLC 856951935.
  16. ^ a b Whyte, Robert; Anderson, Greg (1 June 2017). A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia.
  17. ^ "Fish River Station NT, 2012 - BushBlitz". BushBlitz. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Henbury Station NT, 2013 - BushBlitz". BushBlitz. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Henbury Station Bush Blitz 2013 Jo Harding". Flickr. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  20. ^ "Henbury Station Bush Blitz 2013". Flickr. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Greatest Species Discovery in Western Australia in 10 Years". earthwatch. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  22. ^ "New species discovered on Kimberley Bush Blitz - Media release 3 June 2014". www.environment.gov.au. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  23. ^ "Bush Blitz TeachLive 2014". Bush Blitz TeachLive 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  24. ^ "Kiwirrkurra Bush Blitz - ToadShow - Graphic design, web design, multimedia, creative communications, Toowong, Queensland". www.toadshow.com.au. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  25. ^ "Central Desert Land and Community Team". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  26. ^ "Spider photographer documents discovery of 56 new species". ABC News. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  27. ^ "Media centre - BushBlitz". BushBlitz. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  28. ^ Ten, Network. "New Spider Species". TenPlay - New Spider Species. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  29. ^ "Fraser Island Defenders Organisation – FIDO, "The Watchdog of Fraser Island", aims to ensure the wisest use of Fraser Island's natural resources". fido.org.au. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  30. ^ "Cooloola Coastcare". www.cooloolacoastcare.org.au. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  31. ^ "Thirty-seven new spider species discovered in Queensland". ABC News. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  32. ^ Robert Whyte (28 September 2018), 37 new spider species from Cooloola 2018 BioBlitz, retrieved 2 November 2018
  33. ^ "Meet the creepy crawly prince of darkness: Dozens of new Aussie spiders found". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  34. ^ Dozens of new spiders species discovered in Sunshine state 28/09/2018, 28 September 2018, retrieved 2 November 2018
  35. ^ "Cooloola Coastcare - Media". sites.google.com. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  36. ^ "How you can cure your spider phobia". NewsComAu. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  37. ^ My Garden Path - Robert Whyte, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 10 May 2018, retrieved 9 May 2018
  38. ^ Steger, Jason (22–23 February 2020). "Harpo's marks". The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum.
  39. ^ "h.a.r.p.o. Publishing".
  40. ^ "Negative thinking / [by Peter Anderson and Robert Whyte]. - Version details". Trove. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  41. ^ Whyte, Robert (1 January 1985). Manacles / a novel by Robert Whyte. Melbourne: Melbourne Paragraph of the Senate of Pataphysical Representatives.
  42. ^ Robot Wireless (1 January 1980). From inside the asylum. South Sydney: Brou Ha Ha Books. ISBN 0959321306.
  43. ^ Whyte, Robert; Save Our Waterways Now (Organisation) (24 April 2017). The creek in our backyard : a practical guide for habitat restoration / Robert Whyte. The Gap, Qld: Save Our Waterways Now Inc. ISBN 9780646902142.
  44. ^ Whyte, Robert; Anderson, Greg; CSIRO (1 January 2017). A field guide to spiders of Australia / Robert Whyte and Greg Anderson. Clayton, Vic: CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 9780643107083.
  45. ^ "Australian jumping spiders of the genus Hypoblemum (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryini)". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  46. ^ "A new peacock spider from the Cape York Peninsula (Araneae: Salticidae: Euophryini: Maratus Karsch 1878). Peckhamia 177.1: 1-6". ResearchGate. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  47. ^ "Revision of eastern Australian ant-mimicking spiders of the genus Myrmarachne (Araneae, Salticidae) reveals a complex of species and forms. | Request PDF". ResearchGate. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  48. ^ "The first described male Tube-web Spider for mainland Australia: Ariadna kiwirrkurra sp. Nov. (Araneae: Segestriidae)". ResearchGate. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  49. ^ "The Peacock Spiders (Araneae: Salticidae: Maratus) of the Queensland Museum, including six new species". ResearchGate. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  50. ^ "Biodiversity discovery program Bush Blitz yields a new species of goblin spider, Cavisternum attenboroughi (Araneae: Oonopidae), from the Northern Territory". ResearchGate. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  51. ^ "Biodiversity discovery program bush blitz supplies missing ant spider females (araneae: Zodariidae) from Victoria". ResearchGate. Retrieved 28 January 2019.

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