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
  • BZ2705: Australian Vertebrate Fauna (Level 2; TSV)
  • BZ3001: Field Studies in the Equatorial Tropics: Borneo (Level 3; 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)
  • 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
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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Current Funding

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Plant Biosecurity CRC Ltd - Contract Research

Asian House Gecko Research

Indicative Funding
$53,468
Summary
Research o the calling behaviour and movements of Asian House Geckos. This project will use experiments and field data to assess the determinants of calling behaviour in the Asian House Geckos. The results will be used to refine methods for detecting this invasive species. The research will also include a mark-recapture field study to understand the scalel of movements of Asian House Geckos in urban and bushland areas.
Investigators
Conrad Hoskin in collaboration with Jessica Waugh and Megan Higgie (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Calling; Movements; Invasive Species; Gecko; Asian House Gecko; Wildlife Management

Reever & Ocean Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Endangered Frog Surveys Kuranda

Indicative Funding
$35,192
Summary
This project is to survey wildlife at a site in the Kuranda region, with particular focus on endangered frog species.
Investigators
Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Impact Assessment; Endangered Species; Frogs

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 in collaboration with Daniel Rabosky (Australian National University, South Australian Museum, College of Science & Engineering and University of California - Berkeley)
Keywords
frogs; Reptiles; phylogenetics; systematics
Supervision

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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.

Current
  • Evolution and ecological adaptations of skin morphology of geckos (squamata, Gekkota) (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
  • Understanding the Ecology and Impacts of the Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus Frenatus) (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Biogeography and systematics of the Slender-legged Tree Frog species group in the Amazon Basin (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Understanding Range Expansion of Asian House Geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus) in Natural Environments (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Pheromones as a mating trait in Australian lizards: understanding diversity in morphologically conservative taxa (PhD, Primary Advisor)
  • Species interactions and evolution of Drosophila mating traits (Masters, Secondary Advisor)
  • Can Species Interactions Cause Rapid Niche Adaptation? (Masters, Secondary Advisor)
Completed
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  • 1 collaboration
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  • 28.220, Marine And Tropical Biology 2 (Townsville campus)
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