About

My research program consists of two broad, overlapping components: 1. evolution, ecology and conservation, and 2. systematics and taxonomy. Needless to say my interests are broad and I incorporate a variety of field, lab and experimental techniques in my research. I am particularly interested in processes of population divergence (particularly in mating traits) and the formation of new species. My main study system is hybrid zones between lineages of Green-eyed Treefrogs (Litoria serrata and L. myola) in rainforests of the Wet Tropics region of north-east Australia. These hybrid zones are fascinating and current projects revolve around determining the importance of reinforcement (increased premating isolation due to selection against maladaptive hybridisation) in speciation. Other projects I am currently working on include: targeted surveys for ‘missing’ and declined frogs; ecology and systematics of dipteran parasites of frogs; conservation of highly localised Queensland frogs and reptiles; and the invasion and impact of the Asian House Gecko in Australia.

Much of my research has involved frogs and reptiles but this has been largely a product of their suitability for the research questions to date. My interests are taxonomically broad.

Teaching
  • BZ2450: Biodiversity of Tropical Australia (Level 2; TSV)
  • SC1101: Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding (Level 1; TSV)
Honours
Awards
  • 2009 - Eureka Prize - ABRS Early Career Species Discovery
  • 2003 - Henry Seibert Award - Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (International)
Fellowships
  • 2011 to 2014 - ABRS BushBlitz Research Fellowship (2011-2014)
  • 2007 to 2010 - ARC Australian Postdoctoral (APD) Research Fellowship (2007-2010)
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores a total of 46 research outputs authored by Dr Conrad Hoskin from 2003 onwards.

Current Funding

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Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Diversification and conservation of Australian frogs

Indicative Funding
$320,000 over 3 years (administered by Australian National University)
Summary
We do not have a complete understanding of true diversity in any Australian plant or animal group with which we can test ideas about evolutionary diversification or conservation management. This Holy Grail is achievable in Australian frogs. We will utilise the massive Australian tissue collections and new genetic and analytical techniques to provide the most comprehensive assessment of cryptic diversity for any group of Australian animals and test hypotheses concerning the tempo of frog diversification. This information will be combined with novel analytical techniques developed in Australia to evaluate frog diversity protected currently and in the future under various climate-change scenarios. Our results will have wide applicability.
Investigators
Scott Keogh, Steven Donnellan and Conrad Hoskin, with the help of Daniel Rabosky (Australian National University, South Australian Museum, College of Marine & Environmental Sciences and University of California - Berkeley)
Keywords
frogs; Reptiles; phylogenetics; systematics

Department of the Environment - Australian Biological Resources Survey-Bush Blitz Research Grants-Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant

Using Bush Blitz to resolve cryptic reptile and frog groups of eastern Australia

Indicative Funding
$270,000 over 3 years
Summary
This 3-year Fellowship will be for Conrad Hoskin to conduct taxonomy research on several poorly resolved reptile and frog groups. Amazingly, vertebrate species remain to be described from eastern Australia, particularly from 'cryptic' reptile and frog groups. We will target four groups - Lampropholis skinks, Oedura geckos, Phyllurus geckos, and microhylid frogs-recognised 'problem' groups. We will integrate Bush Blitz survey collections with our extensive genetic and morphology data and museum collections to resolve species diversity of these key vertebrate groups, in the process describing highly localised, climate-sensitive species and shedding light on patterns of landscape diversity.
Investigators
Conrad Hoskin, with the help of Scott Keogh (College of Marine & Environmental Sciences and Australian National University)
Keywords
Taxonomy; Speciation; Biodiversity; Phylogeography; Reptiles; Eastern Australia; Frogs; Northern Australia

Department of the Environment - National Environmental Research Program - Tropical Ecosystems Hub

Targeted surveys for missing and critically endangered rainforest frogs in ecotonal areas, and assessment of whether populations are recovering from disease

Indicative Funding
$90,000 over 3 years
Summary
Ten frog species disappeared from the upland rainforests of the Wet Tropics and Eungella during outbreaks of amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The exciting recent development is that we recently rediscovered one of these 'extinct' species, the Armoured Mistfrog (Litoria lorica) in high elevation dry sclerophyll forest close to rainforest sites it vanished from. We can now target very particular sites - ecotonal dry forests bordering rainforest - that have rarely been surveyed for these species and offer the maximum chance of success.
Investigators
Conrad Hoskin and Robert Puschendorf (College of Marine & Environmental Sciences)
Keywords
Litoria lorica; Litoria nannotis; Amphibian Declines; Exploration; torrent frogs; surveys
Supervision

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor as long as there is also a Level 1 Advisor on the Panel.

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Biodiversity and Variation in Peripheral Isolates of the Wet Tropics (PhD, Associate Advisor)
  • Going Feral: Colonisation of Natural Environments by Asian House Geckos. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
Collaboration

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  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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  • 28.220, Marine And Tropical Biology 2 (Townsville campus)
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