Funded! Griffith University 2019 International Workshop Award!

Prof. Hamish McCallum and Dr. Laura Grogan have just been awarded a Griffith University 2019 International Workshop Award to a total of $8,760 ($6,260 from the Office for Research, and $2,500 from the Environmental Futures Research Institute)! The emergence of fungal diseases is increasing globally and having important impacts on biodiversity and human health. Through our funded ARC Discovery Project, we are currently developing a novel modelling framework for such fungal diseases, using amphibian chytridiomycosis as a case study. The funds from this International Workshop Award will be used to support a workshop we are running at Griffith University Nathan campus from 4-10th February 2019 "

Funded! Thais is awarded the ESA Student Research Grant!

Huge congratulations to Thais Sasso Lopes for being awarded the Ecological Society of Australia's Student Research Grant valued at $1,440! Thais plans to use the funds to perform critical pilot surveys for her amphibian chytridiomycosis study investigating community and landscape-level drivers of population recovery of Fleay's barred frog (Mixophyes fleayi) across its distributional range. She will combine an occupancy survey and modelling approach with environmental DNA sampling. Congratulations Thais!

ASH & SRARNZ conference 2018!

Over the last few days several members of our team (Laura Grogan, Mariel Familiar Lopez and Thais Sasso Lopes) attended the combined meeting of the Australian Society of Herpetologists and the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand, held at Kindilan Camp, Redland Bay, Queensland, Australia. It was a great conference with an impressive selection of research presented in two parallel sessions over 2.5 days. Below are the abstracts from our team members. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis presence within species: a review on ecological scales and influential variables Sasso Lopes, Thais, Grogan, Laura and McCallum, Hamish Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith Un

First eDNA sampling pilot!

Thais, PhD candidate in our Frog Research Team ran her first official pilot survey for her PhD project in the last couple of days! Here are three of the intrepid explorers (Laura took the photo), Thais, Liam and Kaitlyn of the red boots (our generous volunteer)! Thais meticulously prepared the equipment, careful not to contaminate the important tubing and filter cups. Kaitlyn recorded site measurement data using a Kestrel wind meter. The next step was carefully collecting clear rapidly-flowing stream water into the 250 mL sterile filter cup. This filter cup was attached by a tube to a peristaltic pump, and thence into an outflow tube for collection. Here's the team waiting patiently while th

Dr. Laura Grogan promoted to Research Fellow Grade 2!

The outcomes of the annual promotion round at Griffith University were announced today, and our team member Dr. Laura Grogan has been promoted to Research Fellow Grade 2 (equivalent to Academic Level B) for Outstanding Achievement in Research!

Funded! "Investigation of immune gene expression in chytridiomycosis"

Laura Grogan from our team is thrilled to have just been awarded $9,900 through the competitive Environmental Futures Research Institute Strategic Leverage Fund 2018 for the project: "Investigation of immune gene expression in the amphibian fungal skin disease, chytridiomycosis"! Chytridiomycosis is a fatal fungal skin disease of amphibians that has caused unprecedented species’ declines and extinctions worldwide. It is unclear why some individuals and species succumb to disease, while others can tolerate equivalent infectious burdens without detrimental effects. The project aim is to investigate the mechanisms underlying the dysregulated and non-protective immune response to infection that

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