My research and teaching interests focus on biodiversity: what's out there, how we discover and describe it, how it arises and adapts through time, and how we can conserve it.

I'm very interested in speciation and rapid adaptation, including to human-induced change like climate change and invasive species. To date, I've done a lot of evolutionary biology and species discovery but I'm increasingly focussing on conservation projects. My research methods include field data, genetics, and modelling. Many of my projects involve frogs and lizards because they show biogeographic patterns and evolutionary processes on a fine scale, and because Australia has a rich diversity. However, I'm interested in all groups and current projects include mammals (e.g., Spotted-tailed Quolls) and invertebrates (e.g., Drosophila experiments). 

Current projects include: phylogenetics and taxonomy of various reptile and frog groups; mating trait evolution in geckos, frogs and flies; speciation in hybrid zones; reinforcement and character displacement; conservation genetics of endangered frogs and mammals; climate change adaptation in native Drosophila; impacts of invasive geckos and toads; recovery of frogs from chytrid disease; and decline and threatened species recovery in all vertebrate groups.

  • BZ2450: Biodiversity of Tropical Australia (Level 2; TSV)
  • BZ2725: Australian Terrestrial Diversity (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • BZ3220: Population and Community Ecology (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ3740: Wildlife Ecology and Management (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ5220: Population and Community Ecology (Level 5; TSV)
  • BZ5740: Wildlife Ecology and Management (Level 5; TSV)
  • BZ5925: Australian Terrestrial Diversity (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Biodiversity: what's out there, how we discover and describe it, how it arises and adapts throught time, and how we can conserve it.
  • Biodiversity: what's out there, how we discover and describe it, how it arises and adapts throught time, and how we can conserve it.
  • 2011 to 2019 - ABRS Fellowship, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2007 to 2011 - ARC Fellowship, ARC postdoc, Australian National University (Canberra)
  • 1996 to 2006 - Honours, PhD, Research Assistant on various projects, University of Queensland (Brisbane)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2009 - Eureka Prize - ABRS Early Career Species Discovery
  • 2003 - Henry Seibert Award - Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (International)
  • 2011 to 2014 - ABRS BushBlitz Research Fellowship (2011-2014)
  • 2007 to 2010 - ARC Australian Postdoctoral (APD) Research Fellowship (2007-2010)

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 83+ research outputs authored by Dr Conrad Hoskin from 1999 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund - Grant

Missing and endangered frog surveys and recovery

Indicative Funding
This project will survey remote areas, particularly in the Eungella region, to try rediscover an extinct species and also find additional populations of endangered species. Where populations are discovered, detailed population estimates will be made and recovery actions will be formulated.
Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Endangered Speciies; Disease; Gastriic-brooding frog

Natural Resource Assessments Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Threatened frog surveys Kuranda

Indicative Funding
Perform frog surveys on the KUR-World site and provide a report on threatened stream-associated frogs to NRA Environmental Consultants. Surveys will target threatened stream-breeding frogs after wet weather. The report will outline frog presence and abundance and recommendations on required habitat, stream buffers and ways to minimise ecological impacts.
Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
threatened frog; Biodiversity survey; Impact Assessment

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

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.

  • Species Interations and the Evolution of Mating Traits (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Population Genomic Analyses to Resolve Connectivity and Retrovirus Transmission in the Australian Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigating the long term Viability and Resilience of the Northern Great Barrier Reef Green Turtle Population based on Hatchling Production and Hatchling Sex Ratio (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Can Species Interactions Cause Rapid Niche Adaptation? (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Conservation genomics and population status of endangered Mahogany gliders (Petaurus gracilis) (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Biogeography, Speciation, and Systematics of a Tree Frog Species Complex in the Amazon Basin (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Cane toads in Wet Tropics upland rainforest and their current and potential impact on native fauna (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Resolving the genetics of rapid adaptation and speciation (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • The effect of the pasasite Waddycephalus on native reptile communities and the role of the invasive Asian House Gecko (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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