Sara completed her undergraduate degree in the UK at the University of Wales, Bangor in 1999 and her PhD at James Cook University in 2012. Over the last 12 years she has worked on a number of projects focussed on understanding the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis.

Sara is currently involved in documenting the recolonisation of Australian Wet Tropics frogs at upland sites where population declines occurred. Her work involves hiking up rainforest creeks from the lowlands to the uplands, undertaking surveys along the way.

She also runs diagnostic quantitative PCR assays to determine infection level of the amphibian pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, for the One Health Research Group.

  • Species conservation and disease ecology.
  • Development of mitigation tools, such as bacterial supplements, to reduce the detrimental effects of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis on amphibian populations.
  • Host adaptation to the pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and the evolution of this pathogen to circumvent host defences.
  • Mechanisms behind differential declines of Australian Wet Tropics frog populations.
  • 2011 to 2013 - Research Officer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2008 to 2012 - PhD, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2001 to 2011 - Research Assistant, James Cook University (Townsville)

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 14+ research outputs authored by Dr Sara Bell from 2010 onwards.


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