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18 Dec 2018

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 amphibia...

17 Dec 2018

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...

13 Dec 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 dendr...

5 Dec 2018

Yesterday, Prof. Hamish McCallum received the Griffith Sciences Award for Research Leadership! Congratulations Hamish! 

4 Dec 2018

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-...

4 Dec 2018

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!

1 Dec 2018

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...

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