Master of Science student Trish Flores talks about her research on the Conservation of Blue-tailed skinks on Cocos Island


23 May 2021. World turtle day. PhD student Lou Streeting talks about her work helping to conserve the threatened Bell’s turtle View video here



11 March 2021. Masters student Razzaq Sarker gave an interview on his researchon frogs and environmental water

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7 March 2021. Dr Debbie Bower gave a podcast on ABC’s Ockham’s Razor about her work as a rockstar Ecologist with adventures in Papua New Guinea and with Tequila

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25 August 2020.  PhD Student Lou Streeting gave a 3 minute thesis on her research saving the threatened Bell’s Turtles

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25th May 2020. Dr Debbie Bower appeared on ABC’s country hour talking about biodiversity and productivity in farm dams. Debbie and her team will test water quality and check for the presence of native species (including macro-invertebrates, fish, reptiles and frogs) in farm dams that are managed under a range of conditions and compare this to naturally occurring wetlands. They will also conduct experiments at the UNE SMART Farms to compare when dams are accessed by cattle and when they are not, to determine whether improved water quality correlates with improved livestock productivity.Debbie is looking for property owners in the New England region of NSW to work with comparing fenced and unfenced dams. Read more here

19th May 2020. PhD student Grant Webster presented his research proposal on ‘The ecology of the newly described and endangered frog, Uperoleia mahonyi’. The University of New England – Higher Degree Research Committee found Grant’s project to be significant and his progress sufficient to confirm his candidature. Grant’s project focuses on a flashy frog that was only described in 2016 by his supervisor Simon Clulow. It has since been listed as endangered nationally. Grant will use a combination of ecological and genetic techniques to test the applicability of current methods for determining occupancy of threatened frogs and to assess specific threats to Mahonyi’s toadlet. Read more here