About

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.

Teaching
  • BZ2725: Australian Terrestrial Diversity (Level 2; CNS & 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)
  • BZ5940: Evolutionary Adaptation in a Changing World (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Biodiversity: what's out there, how we discover and describe it, how it arises and adapts throught time, and how we can conserve it.
Teaching
  • Biodiversity: what's out there, how we discover and describe it, how it arises and adapts throught time, and how we can conserve it.
Experience
  • 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
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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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 123+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Conrad Hoskin from 1999 onwards.

Current Funding

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

Queensland Government - Contract Research

Reintroduction and monitoring of the Armoured Mistfrog, Litoria lorica

Indicative Funding
$113,698 over 3 years
Summary
I have a long-term research project on the monitoring and recovery of the Critically Endangered Armoured Mistfrog. I am collaborating on this with the Threatened Species Group (DES, Qld Government) to perform a reintroduction and subsequently monitor all populations for three years. This grant will fund that research.
Investigators
Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Reintroduction; Conservation; Threatened species; Rainforest; Frogs; Litoria lorica (Pelodryadidae)

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation - Research Funding

Distribution, ecology and conservation of the Magnificent Broodfrog (Pseudophryne covacevichae) in the mountains of north Queensland

Indicative Funding
$4,927 over 2 years
Summary
This project aims to resolve the knowledge gaps surrounding the ecology and key threatening processes to the Magnificent Broodfrog, Pseudophryne covacevichae (MBF). We will do this by determining appropriate survey methods, investigating aspects of breeding behaviour and the associated climatic conditions; resolving the fine-scale distribution, determining connectivity among the known populations, and determining genetic diversity within populations.
Investigators
EMILY Rush, Will Edwards and Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Distribution; Conservation genomics; Monitoring; Threats

Queensland Department of Environment and Science - Research Grant

Monitoring the threatened fauna of the Wet Tropics mountains.

Indicative Funding
$90,909 over 2 years
Summary
The Wet Tropics mountaintops have many endangered species, threatened by climate change, invasive species, and disease. I am monitoring many of these to assess changes in distribution, threats, and potential conservation actions. I am now working on this collaboratively with the Threatened Species Group of Qld Gov. DES. As part of this collaboration, they are providing financial support to keep my monitoring activities going and to start new monitoring. This grant will fund the upland research project that I, and my PhD students, will continue over the coming years.
Investigators
Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Wet Tropics; Climate change; Threatened Species; Wildlife monitoring; Frogs; Reptiles

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation - Research Funding

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

Indicative Funding
$9,300 over 3 years
Summary
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.
Investigators
Emma L Carmichael and Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Cophixalus frogs; Mountains; Climate change; Elevational shifts; Acoustic monitoring; Breeding biology

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation - Research Funding

Can parental care behaviour and breeding microhabitat protect Critically Endangered nursery frogs from rising temperatures on Wet Tropics mountaintops?

Indicative Funding
$5,000 over 1 year
Summary
Nursery frogs are terrestrial breeders with `direct development? and the male stays with the eggs until hatching. While climate change is their biggest threat and their breeding biology of is very poorly known. I will study parental care across Nursery frog species, under varied environmental conditions in the field (low elevation, upland areas, heatwaves, drought) to uncover the details of nest choice and parental care. I will use non-invasive cameras, artificial shelters, and data loggers in natural nesting sites to determine how variation in parental behaviour impacts larval survival and differs between species and microhabitats under different climatic conditions.
Investigators
Jordy Groffen and Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Amphibians; Parental care; Behaviour; Tropics; Climate; Microhabitat

Queensland Frog Society - Ric Nattrass Research Grant

Can parental care behaviour and breeding microhabitat protect Critically Endangered nursery frogs from rising temperatures on Wet Tropics mountaintops?

Indicative Funding
$1,500 over 1 year
Summary
Nursery frogs are terrestrial breeders with `direct development? and the male stays with the eggs until hatching. While climate change is their biggest threat and their breeding biology of is very poorly known. I will study parental care across Nursery frog species, under varied environmental conditions in the field (low elevation, upland areas, heatwaves, drought) to uncover the details of nest choice and parental care. I will use non-invasive cameras, artificial shelters, and data loggers in natural nesting sites to determine how variation in parental behaviour impacts larval survival and differs between species and microhabitats under different climatic conditions.
Investigators
Jordy Groffen and Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Amphibians; Parental care; Behaviour; Tropics; Climate; Microhabitat

Ecological Society of Australia - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment

Can parental care behaviour and breeding microhabitat protect Critically Endangered nursery frogs from rising temperatures on Wet Tropics mountaintops?

Indicative Funding
$6,000 over 1 year
Summary
Nursery frogs are terrestrial breeders with `direct development? and the male stays with the eggs until hatching. While climate change is their biggest threat and their breeding biology of is very poorly known. I will study parental care across Nursery frog species, under varied environmental conditions in the field (low elevation, upland areas, heatwaves, drought) to uncover the details of nest choice and parental care. I will use non-invasive cameras and data loggers in natural nesting sites to determine how variation in parental behaviour impacts larval survival and differs between species and microhabitats under different climatic conditions.
Investigators
Jordy Groffen and Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Amphibians; Parental care; Behaviour; Tropics; Climate; Microhabitat

Ecological Society of Australia - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment

Distribution, ecology and conservation of the Magnificent Broodfrog in the mountains of north Queensland

Indicative Funding
$5,570 over 1 year
Summary
This project aims to resolve the knowledge gaps surrounding the ecology and key threatening processes to the Magnificent Broodfrog, Pseudophryne covacevichae (MBF). We will do this by determining appropriate survey methods, investigating aspects of breeding behaviour and the associated climatic conditions; resolving the fine-scale distribution, determining connectivity among the known populations, and determining genetic diversity within populations. This project will also include an assessment of the genetic relatedness between MBFs and three isolated populations of the Great Brown Broodfrog, P. major in the Bowen and White Mountains regions. The genetic results will contribute to management actions for populations of the MBF and will shed light on the taxonomic status of these northern populations of P. major and, in turn, whether the MBF is a well-supported species.
Investigators
EMILY Rush and Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Pseudophyrne covacevichae; Pseudophyrne major; Distribution; Monitoring; Conservation genomics; Threats

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Predicting genetic exchange between species under climate change

Indicative Funding
$73,912 over 3 years (administered by Australian National University)
Summary
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.
Investigators
Craig Moritz, Megan Higgie, Conrad Hoskin and Stephen Zozaya (Australian National University and College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Climate Change; Introgression; Genetic swamping; Pheromones; Heteronotia geckos (Family Gekkonidae); Gehyra geckos (Family Gekkonidae)

Ecological Society of Australia - Student Research Grant

Conservation genomics of the Critically endangered Kuranda Treefrog

Indicative Funding
$1,500
Summary
This project aims to assess the conservation status of the Critically Endangered Kuranda Treefrog using a population genomics approach. The last sampling for this declining and localised species took place more than 10 years ago, and continuing declines have been detected in the field. It is unclear whether the population is retaining genetic diversity despite the small and declining population size or whether it is rapidly losing genetic diversity. Resolving this will be crucial for the management of this species. In this project I aim to assess genetic diversity, connectivity and population size of this Critically Endangered species using population genomics.
Investigators
Lorenzo Bertola, Megan Higgie and Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Litoria myola (Pelodryadidae); Critically Endangered; Management; Conservation; Genomics; Kuranda Treefrog

Arup Australia Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Barron River Bridge Planning Study

Indicative Funding
$12,900 (administered by Arup Australia Pty Ltd)
Summary
Arup Australia Pty Ltd is working with Qld Department of Transport & Main Roads to assess environmental impacts of upgrading/replacing the Barron River Bridge. Their main concern is the Critically Endangered Kuranda Treefrog, for which I am the expert. The project is to fund me to do range-wide surveys of the species to estimate current population size and the proportion of the population that may be impacted by the bridge. Additionally, my expert advice on how to mitigate impacts. I consider this `contract research? because it funds research I planning to do anyway (i.e., a current range-wide survey), and that data will be used by one of my PhD students.
Investigators
Conrad Hoskin in collaboration with Lorenzo Bertola (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Kuranda Treefrog; Litoria myola (Hylidae); Threatened Species; Environmental Impact Assessment

Wet Tropics Management Authority - Climate Action Grants - 2021

Monitoring the Wet Tropic's endangered upland frogs

Indicative Funding
$10,000 over 2 years
Summary
This grant will fund equipment and fieldwork costs for two PhD students, working on upland frog population monitoring in north Qld. The project involves setting up monitoring techniques to assess population trends in threatened species on the Wet Tropics mountain-tops, and conduct that monitoring at regular intervals.
Investigators
Conrad Hoskin, Emma L Carmichael and Jordy Groffen (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Population monitoring; Climate Change; Cophixalus frogs; Litoria frogs; Mountains
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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
  • Characterizing the Genomic Signal of Speciation by Reinforcement (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Patterns, drivers, and consequences of pheromone variation in Australian gecko radiations. (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)
  • Management of genetic diversity in Australian threatened species (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)
  • Distribution, ecology and conservation of the Magnificent Broodfrog (Pseudophryne Covacevichae) in North Queensland (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Small frogs with big problems: Ecology and conservation of threatened mountaintop Nursery Frogs (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Population Assessment and Conservation Implications for the Mahogany Glider in the Fragmented Lowlands of Australian Wet Tropics (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Can parental care and breeding microhabitat protect montane nursery frogs from rising temperatures? (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
Completed
Collaboration

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  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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