Postdoctoral Fellows

Geoff Heard – Geoff’s research focuses on the conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles.  He is currently developing metapopulation models for threatened frogs in urbanising landscapes, including the growling grass frog Litoria raniformis.


Dominique Potvin – Dominique is a behavioral ecologist, ornithologist and evolutionary biologist.  She is currently investigating the effects of the 2009 Victorian bushfires on frog populations in the Kinglake region, focusing on population genetics and community ecology.


Current students

Claire Keely (Ph.D. candidate) – The conservation genetics of the growling grass frog, Litoria raniformis, in an urban landscape



Stefano Canessa (M.Sc. 2010, Ph.D. candidate) – The application of structured decision making to captive breeding and the reintroduction of endangered species



Past students

Dominique Potvin (Ph.D. 2012) – The effect of urban noise, dispersal and isolation on the vocalizations of the silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Katie Smith (Ph.D. 2012) – A temporal investigation of hybridisation in south-eastern Australian tree frogs

Sacha Jellinek (Ph.D. 2011) – The value of revegetated linear strips and patches of habitat for faunal conservation; reconciling ecological and landholder perspectives

Josh Hale (Ph.D. 2011) – Human-induced changes in the population genetic structure of frogs in south-eastern Australia

Joab Wilson (Honours 2007) – Impacts of climate change and urban development on the spotted marsh frog (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis) in the Merri Creek Corridor

Joanne Ainley (Honours 2007) – The effects of traffic noise and temperature on the calling behaviour of Crinia signifera (common eastern froglet) and Limnodynastes dumerilii (eastern banjo frog)

Meah Velik-Lord (Honours 2004) – Effects of traffic noise and temperature on the calling behaviour of Litoria ewingii

Lauren Edwards (Honours 2002) – Temporal variation in the calling activity of frogs in the Melbourne region

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