I am a postdoctoral researcher in the College of Science and Engineering (Marine and Environmental Science) at James Cook University.

I research conservation biology focusing on the ecology of reptiles and amphibians. My main research is on a threatening disease caused by the amphibian chytrid fungus in rainforest frog communities. However my research interests are broad and include the acoustic monitoring of amphibians, spatial and population biology of freshwater turtles, impacts of disturbance in Madagascar and Papua New Guinea and restoration strategies for threatened amphibians.

  • Ecology, threatened species, amphibian conservation, freshwater turtles, squamates, restoration, invasive species biology, emerging infectious disease, biological disturbance.
  • 2014 - Volunteer, Madagasikara Voakajy (Madagascar)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Postdoctoral Research Scientist, University of Newcastle (Newcastle, NSW)
Research Disciplines
  • 2018 to 2019 - Homeward Bound Women in Science
  • 2007 - Editor of the Australian Society of Herpetologists

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 24+ research outputs authored by Dr Debbie Bower from 2006 onwards.

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Wet Tropics Management Authority - Student Research Grant Scheme

Surviving disease outbreaks: Population genetics of a rainforest frog following a chytridiomycosis outbreak

Indicative Funding
This project will sequence the DNA from several populations of Litoria dayi. These frogs were restricted to lowland sites during a disease outbreak in the late 80s, and their populations have not recovered. Therefore, we will examine their population genetics to understand the long-term consequences of this disease outbreak for them.
Donald McKnight, Kyall Zenger, Lin Schwarzkopf, Ross Alford and Debbie Bower (College of Science & Engineering)
Litoria dayi (Hylidae); Population genetics; Conservation; Chytridiomycosis; Frogs

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund - Grant

Ecology and disease surveillance in frogs of Papua New Guinea

Indicative Funding
This project aims to determine the status of frog pathogens in Papua New guinea. We willl undergo an extensive monitoring regime for pathogens to determine the extent of disease in Papua New Guinea and to provide solid baseline data for fututre emergence. Further, we will measure the baseline frog community demographics along transects to provide some of the first ecological data on abundance, habitat and community composition. We will use this opportunity collect DNA of frogs prior to decline, and to establish the level of natural annual variability in population size of individual species within these communities.
Debbie Bower (College of Science & Engineering)
Frogs; Disease; Conservation; Biosecurity; Threatened Species; Papua New Guinea

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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.

  • Life Finds a Way: The Recovery of Frog Populations From a Chytridiomycosis Outbreak (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Thermal Thresholds in the Amphibian Disease Chytridiomycosis (2018, PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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