About

My research and teaching interests focus on biodiversity: what's out there, how we discover and describe it, how it arises and adapts throught 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
  • BZ2450: Biodiversity of Tropical Australia (Level 2; TSV)
  • BZ2725: Australian Terrestrial Diversity (Level 2; CNS & 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)
  • BZ5740: Wildlife Ecology and Management (Level 5; TSV)
  • BZ5925: Australian Terrestrial Diversity (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5820: Field Studies of Evolution in the Galapagos (Level 5; 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)
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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Journal Articles
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
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 74+ 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.

Natural Resource Assessments Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Threatened frog surveys Kuranda

Indicative Funding
$22,715
Summary
Perform frog surveys on the KUR-World site and provide a report on threatened stream-associated frogs to NRA Environmental Consultants. Surveys will target threatened stream-breeding frogs after wet weather. The report will outline frog presence and abundance and recommendations on required habitat, stream buffers and ways to minimise ecological impacts.
Investigators
Conrad Hoskin (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
threatened frog; Biodiversity survey; Impact Assessment

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
Supervision

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

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
  • Can Species Interactions Cause Rapid Niche Adaptation? (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Species Interations and the Evolution of Mating Traits (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Biogeography, Speciation, and Systematics of a Tree Frog Species Complex in the Amazon Basin (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Cane Toads in Wet Tropics Upland Rainforest and thier Current and Potential Impact on Native Fauna (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Pheromones as a Mating Barrier for Geckos within the Species Complex Amalosia Rhombifer (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Pheromones as a Mating Trait in Australian lizards: Understanding Diversity in Morphologically Conservative Taxa (PhD , Primary Advisor)
Completed
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  • 1 collaboration
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  • 142.202, The Science Place (Townsville campus)
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