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.

  • BZ2450: Biodiversity of Tropical Australia (Level 2; TSV)
  • BZ2705: Australian Vertebrate Fauna (Level 2; TSV)
  • BZ3001: Field Studies in the Equatorial Tropics: Borneo (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ3705: The Australian Vertebrate Fauna (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ3740: Wildlife Ecology and Management (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ5705: Australian Vertebrate Fauna (Level 5; TSV)
  • BZ5740: Wildlife Ecology and Management (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC1101: Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding (Level 1; TSV)
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.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 53+ research outputs authored by Dr Conrad Hoskin from 1999 onwards.

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BBC - Consultancy

Filming Leaf-Tailed Geckos with the BBC

Indicative Funding
Help BBC find geckos and other wildlife/locations, set up filming, appear on camera. Two days of work within the date specified below.
Conrad Hoskin (College of Marine & Environmental Sciences)
Leaf Tailed Geckos; Rainforest Biodiversity; Education; Documentary

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Diversification and conservation of Australian frogs

Indicative Funding
$320,000 over 3 years (administered by Australian National University)
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.
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)
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
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.
Conrad Hoskin, with the help of Scott Keogh (College of Marine & Environmental Sciences and Australian National University)
Taxonomy; Speciation; Biodiversity; Phylogeography; Reptiles; Eastern Australia; Frogs; Northern Australia

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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.

  • Going Feral: Colonisation of Natural Environments by Asian House Geckos. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Locating Adaptive Diversity in the Face of Climate Change (PhD, Associate Advisor)
  • Mapping the Genes that Underlie a Recent Speciation Event in a Rainforest Frog (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
  • Species interactions and evolution of Drosophila mating traits (Masters, Secondary Advisor)
  • Pheromones as a Mating Trait in Australian Lizards: Understanding Diversity in Morphologically Conservative Taxa. (Masters, Primary Advisor)
  • Can Species Interactions Cause Rapid Niche Adaptation? (Masters, Secondary Advisor)

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