Researcher biography

My research interests include distribution mapping, bioacoustics, and advancing the use of acoustic technology in monitoring cryptic vocal species. More specifically, my PhD focuses on the endemic group of highly specialised ‘acid frogs’ which inhabit the acidic wallum wetland environs along the east coast of Australia. These frogs are highly threatened by human land uses that alter the water chemistry of their specialised habitat, which can allow the introduction of predator and competitive species.

Using spatial and bioacoustic methods, I aim to quantify the current and future distributions of these frogs, as well as develop acoustic technology to aid in the monitoring of current populations. It is my hope that my research will inform management decisions to protect the few remaining populations of the acid frogs in human impacted areas, as well as assist in future research by developing and testing acoustic techniques that will be able to better monitor a wide range of vocal species.