#ESAus18 conference wrap-up!

This week seven members of our team attended the Ecological Society of Australia's annual conference held at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane (25-29th Nov, 2018)! It was a busy conference, with seven parallel sessions over four days. Doug and Tamika presented their excellent posters at the Barbara Rice Memorial Poster session on Monday, while Thais presented some of her Masters research during the "Conserving imperiled species and ecosystems" symposium on Tuesday. The rest of us (Hamish, Ali, Elle and Laura) gave presentations during the "Parasite ecology In the Anthropocene" symposium on Wednesday afternoon. You can find abstracts for the presentations and posters from

Congratulations to Dr. Alison Peel on her ARC DECRA!!!

We are extremely proud as a team to congratulate Research Fellow Dr. Alison Peel for her wonderful achievement of being awarded a prestigious and highly sought-after Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)!!! Well done Ali! Ali has been awarded $422,492.00 over three years to undertake the project "Beyond Hendra: the significance of viral communities in bat virus spillover" (DE190100710). "This project aims to address the emerging global health threat posed by zoonotic bat-borne viruses, by determining why bats shed multiple viruses in synchronised pulses. The project expects to identify universal drivers of multi-viral shedding pulses, using Hendra

New Research Fellow position available: impact of climate change on vector borne diseases

We're excited to be looking for another new Research Fellow to join the Disease Ecology Group - working in the fields of disease ecology and climate change adaptation! The project will involve researching the impact of climate change on vector borne diseases. This will also involve investigating the risks to people and communities arising from these impacts, and the effectiveness of potential adaptation responses from multidisciplinary perspectives The Research Fellow will work within the Planetary Health research platform, in particular, the Disease Ecology Group within the Environmental Futures Research Institute and collaborate with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program. The positi

Pilot site visits in Lamington National Park!

Sometimes on fieldwork you just have to visit stunningly beautiful places... (and sometimes the road is so eroded that your car won't make it down the track!). Yesterday, Thais and Laura from our team, and QPWS Senior Conservation Officer Harry Hines (and a few others) ventured to the highlands of the Lamington NP plateau to investigate some potential field sites for Thais' PhD occupancy survey frog disease research. We found some stunning creeks, and spent some time looking for tadpoles and egg clutches... We found lots of tadpoles from many different species... We even accidentally snapped a selfie while trying to photograph the tadpoles (I'm calling this a 'tadpole's-eye-view)! :) A highl

Chytridiomycosis immunity review now published!

Members of our team have just published an up-to-date comprehensive review and synthesis of the amphibian immune response to chytridiomycosis in the prestigious open-access journal, Frontiers in Immunology (Impact Factor 5.511 in 2018)! Review of the Amphibian Immune Response to Chytridiomycosis, and Future Directions Laura F. Grogan (1), Jacques Robert (2), Lee Berger (3), Lee F. Skerratt (3), Benjamin C. Scheele (4,5), J. Guy Castley (1), David A. Newell (6), & Hamish I. McCallum (1) (1) Environmental Futures Research Institute and School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD, Australia. (2) University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA. (3) One Health R

Funded! "Amphibians of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests: Distribution, habitat us

Members of our team and collaborators (Guy Castley, Hamish McCallum, Harry Hines, Laura Grogan, Thais Sasso Lopes and Dave Newell) have just been awarded $14,770 through the competitive Griffith University School of Environment and Science Research Support Scheme for the project: "Amphibians of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests: Distribution, habitat use,conservation status and potential threats"! This project involves amphibians of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales. It aims to examine the current fine-scale distribution, habitat drivers and climate/weather sensitivity of several of these amphibian species by per

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