Emeritus Professor Ross Alford, FAAAS, is broadly interested in ecology, animal behaviour, conservation biology, and evolution. Most of his research has been focused on the ecology, behaviour, and conservation biology of frogs and their larvae, although he and his postgraduate students and research associates have also worked on a variety of reptiles and on freshwater and marine invertebrates.

Commencing in the early 1990s, he was strongly involved in research aimed at understanding the problem of global amphibian declines and how to prevent and reverse them. This included collaborative research in North and Central America, and extensive collaborations with many researchers throughout the world.

Since he retired he has focused on editorial work and cosupervision of students.  He does not maintain a research group and can provide advice and cosupervision but is no longer serving as a primary postgraduate supervisor.  He remains interested in understanding the complex host-pathogen relationships between frogs and the amphibian chytrid fungus and how they are modified by individual behaviour, immune responses, and the assemblage of other microbes inhabiting frog skin.

  • Ecology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Conservation Biology
  • Evolution
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  • 2023 - Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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