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.

  • BZ2725: Australian Terrestrial Diversity (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • BZ3220: Population and Community Ecology (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ3450: Ecological and Conservation Genetics (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ3740: Wildlife Ecology and Management (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • BZ5740: Wildlife Ecology and Management (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • BZ5925: Australian Terrestrial Diversity (Level 5; 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)
Research Disciplines
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 108+ 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.

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation - Research Funding

Understanding fine-scale distribution and climate resilience in microhylid frogs - the Wet Tropics' most threatened vertebrates

Indicative Funding
$4,700 over 3 years
This grant will help fund field trip and equipment costs (e.g., acoustic monitoring devices) for my PhD project. My research aims to resolve current elevational ranges of threatened Cophixalus frog species in the Wet Tropics and determine what factors drive distributions and breeding activity, ultimately contributing to future management actions.
Emma L Carmichael and Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Cophixalus frogs; Mountains; Climate change; Elevational shifts; Acoustic monitoring; Breeding biology

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Predicting genetic exchange between species under climate change

Indicative Funding
$73,912 over 3 years (administered by ANU)
This project aims to resolve the factors that lead to the mixing of species? gene pools, with a focus on whether climate change will increase such mixing, possibly leading to extinction by genetic swamping. The significance is that the project would improve our understanding of speciation and species? vulnerability to rapid climate change through genetic mixing; a largely overlooked process. Key outcomes would be to generate new knowledge of a fundamental evolutionary process and extend the toolbox of biodiversity managers facing rapid environmental change. The project would benefit Australia by highlighting our unique biodiversity and scientific capability, and by training early career researchers in advanced evolutionary biology.
Craig Moritz, Megan Higgie, Conrad Hoskin and Stephen Zozaya (Australian National University and College of Science & Engineering)
Climate Change; Introgression; Genetic swamping; Pheromones; Heteronotia geckos (Family Gekkonidae); Gehyra geckos (Family Gekkonidae)

FNQ NRM Ltd (Terrain Natural Resource Management) - Consultancy - Grant

Survey for mahogany gliders and monitor population trends

Indicative Funding
$14,250 over 3 years
The Mahogany Glider is an Endangered mammal of north Queensland. I have been doing research of this species, with my PhD student Eryn Chang. The project is to better resolve the distribution and population size of this species and to work out whether it is declining. Terrain is an NRM group (funded by Qld and Federal government) that does community-based conservation work in the Wet Tropics of north Qld. They also want to know the distribution, population size and population trends in this species, so they are contributing funding to Eryn?s PhD project.
Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Mahogany glider; Surveys; Distribution modelling; Habitat fragmentation; Endangered Species; Population monitoring

Australian Wildlife Society - Sponsorship

Donation of Armoured Mist Frog translocation program

Indicative Funding
$2,000 over 1 year
Donation of $2,000 from AWS to my upcoming translocation of Armoured Mist Frogs to establish another breeding population in the wild.
Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Litoria lorica (Pelodryadidae); Translocation; Conservation; Endangered Species; Frog

Humane Society Australia - Contract Research

Queensland threatened species listing.

Indicative Funding
Humane Society International (HSi) is a charity that works towards ?an ecologically sustainable and humane world for all animals?. This includes ensuring that threatened species are nominated to be listed under legislation. An opportunity has arisen for HSI to work with the Queensland Government to list a number of reptile species that are in dire need of conservation recognition. These are reptiles that I am an expert on, so they have contacted me to provide funding to me to help them write the nominations. I would use this funding to employ a recently graduated JCU PhD student to draft these nominations for me to then check and submit with HSI. Any left-over funding would be used for research on these threatened species. This is a `for the greater good? project that I?d like to help out with.
Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Threatened species; Conservation legislation; reptile

Ecological Society of Australia - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment

Conservation genetics and population trends in the endangered Mahogany Glider (Petaurus gracilis)

Indicative Funding
$6,375 over 1 year
Forest clearances has resulted in severe habitat fragmentation that threats population connectivity and genetic diversity of Mahogany Gliders, an endangered gliding possum endemic to Australian Wet Tropics. Using species distribution modelling, we aim to map the glider?s current theoretical distribution, and based on that, conducting fieldworks to collect DNA samples from different populations. These DNA samples enable us to do fine-scaled genomic analyses to estimate the population size and structures of the Mahogany Gliders, and to know whether the population suffers from inbreeding. Knowing these information helps to identify important corridors to connect populations and guide future conservation plans.
Yiyin Chang and Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Petaurus gracilis; Conservation; Threatened species; Genomics; Species distribution modelling; SNPs

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund - Grant

Missing and endangered frog surveys and recovery

Indicative Funding
$4,900 over 2 years
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

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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.

  • Characterizing the Genomic Signal of Speciation by Reinforcement (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Using Pheromones to Understand Cryptic Lizard Diversity in Native Australian Gehyra Geckoes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Cane toads in Wet Tropics upland rainforest and their current and potential impact on native fauna (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • The effect of the pasasite Waddycephalus on native reptile communities and the role of the invasive Asian House Gecko (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Biogeography, Speciation, and Systematics of a Tree Frog Species Complex in the Amazon Basin (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Unravelling genomic patterns of population structure and fitness 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)
  • Conservation genomics and population status of endangered Mahogany gliders (Petaurus gracilis) (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Breeding Biology and Climate Change Resilience of Endangered Frog Species of the Wet Tropics Uplands (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Conservation of the threatened Magnificent Broodfrog, Pseudophryne covacevichae (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Understanding the determinants of fine-scale distribution in microhylid frogs, to better predict future change (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Management of genetic diversity in Australian threatened species (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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