- BZ2705: Australian Vertebrate Fauna (Level 2; TSV)
- BZ3001: Field Studies in the Equatorial Tropics: Borneo (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)
- Research Disciplines
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.
- 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
- Hoskin C and Couper P (2015) A new skink (Scincidae: Liburnascincus) from rocky habitat on Cape York, northeast Australia. Zootaxa, 3994 (2). pp. 222-234
- Scott M, Llewelyn J, Higgie M, Hoskin C, Pike K and Phillips B (2015) Chemoreception and mating behaviour of a tropical Australian skink. Acta Ethologica, 18 (3). pp. 283-293
- Hoskin C (2014) A new skink (Scincidae: Carlia) from the rainforest uplands of Cape Melville, north-east Australia. Zootaxa, 3869 (3). pp. 224-236
- Couper P and Hoskin C (2013) Two new subspecies of the leaf-tailed gecko Phyllurus ossa (Lacertilia: Carphodactylidae) from mid-eastern Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa, 3664 (4). pp. 537-553
- Hoskin C (2013) A new skink (Scincidae: Saproscincus) from rocky rainforest habitat on Cape Melville, north-east Australia. Zootaxa, 3722 (3). pp. 385-395
- Hoskin C (2013) A new frog species (Microhylidae: Cophixalus) from boulder-pile habitat of Cape Melville, north-east Australia. Zootaxa, 3722 (1). pp. 61-72
- Hoskin C and Couper P (2013) A spectacular new leaf-tailed gecko (Carphodactylidae: Saltuarius) from the Melville Range, north-east Australia. Zootaxa, 3717 (4). pp. 543-558
- Hoskin C, Hines H, Meyer E, Clarke J and Cunningham M (2013) A new treefrog (Hylidae: Litoria) from Kroombit Tops, east Australia, and an assessment of conservation status. Zootaxa, 3646 (4). pp. 426-446
- Macdonald S, Borsboom A, Best R and Hoskin C (2013) Significant range extensions for Delma labialis and a review of its biology. Australian Zoologist, 36 (4). pp. 470-477
- Zozaya S, Scheffers B, Hoskin C, Macdonald S and Williams S (2013) A significant range extension for the Australian Wet Tropics skink Eulamprus frerei (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum - Nature, 56 (2). pp. 621-624
- Book Chapters
- Hero J, Roberts J, Hoskin C, Lowe K, Narayan E and Bishop P (2015) Austral amphibians: Gondwanan relicts in peril. In: Austral Ark: the state of wildlife in Australia and New Zealand. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 440-466
- Reside A, Ceccarelli D, Isaac J, Hilbert D, Moran C, Llewelyn J, Macdonald S, Hoskin C, Pert P and Parsons J (2014) Biodiversity: adaptation pathways and opportunities. In: Adaptation Pathways and Opportunities for the Wet Tropics NRM Cluster Region: volume 1: introduction, biodiversity and ecosystem services. James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia, pp. 11-74
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 54+ 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.
Plant Biosecurity CRC Ltd - Contract Research
Asian House Gecko Research
- Indicative Funding
- 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.
- Conrad Hoskin in collaboration with Jessica Waugh and Megan Higgie (College of Science & Engineering)
- Calling; Movements; Invasive Species; Gecko; Asian House Gecko; Wildlife Management
Reever & Ocean Pty Ltd - Contract Research
Endangered Frog Surveys Kuranda
- Indicative Funding
- This project is to survey wildlife at a site in the Kuranda region, with particular focus on endangered frog species.
- Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
- 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)
- 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 in collaboration with Daniel Rabosky (Australian National University, South Australian Museum, College of Science & Engineering and University of California - Berkeley)
- frogs; Reptiles; phylogenetics; systematics
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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.
- Biogeography and systematics of the Slender-legged Tree Frog species group in the Amazon Basin (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Pheromones as a mating trait in Australian lizards: understanding diversity in morphologically conservative taxa (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Going Feral: Colonisation of Natural Environments by Asian House Geckos. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Can Species Interactions Cause Rapid Niche Adaptation? (Masters, Secondary Advisor)
- Species interactions and evolution of Drosophila mating traits (Masters, Secondary Advisor)
- Locating Adaptive Diversity in the Face of Climate Change (2016, PhD, Associate Advisor)
The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
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- 1 collaboration
- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)