Recent publications from lab members


Deborah Bower, Ruchira Somaweera, Nick Clemann, Jenna M. Crowe-Riddell, Simon Clulow, Matthew J. Greenlees, Katie Howard, Gerald Kuchling, Donald T. McKnight, Jane Melville, Jason Schaffer, Lin Schwarzkopf, Derek Spielman, Louise Streeting, Eric Vanderduys, Christina N. Zdenek. ‘Chapter 26: Reptiles’ in Wildlife Research in Australia: Practical and Applied Methods. CSIRO publishing.

Brinkhoff, J., Backhouse, G., Saunders, M.E., Bower, D.S. & Hunter, J.T. (2022). Remote sensing to characterize inundation and vegetation dynamics of upland lagoons. Ecosphere, 13, e3906.

Dissanayake, D.S., Streeting, L.M., Georges, A. & Bower, D.S. (2022). A male-specific sex marker for the endangered western sawshelled turtle (Myuchelys bellii) using in silico whole-genome subtraction. Conservation Genetics Resources, 14, 231-236.

Garnham, J.I., Bower, D.S., Stockwell, M.P., Pickett, E.J., Pollard, C.J., Clulow, J. et al. (2022). Seasonal variation in the prevalence of a fungal pathogen and unexpected clearance from infection in a susceptible frog species. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 148, 1-11.

Legge, S., Rumpff, L., Woinarski, J.C., Whiterod, N.S., Ward, M., Southwell, D.G. et al. including Bower. D. S  (2022). The conservation impacts of ecological disturbance: Time‐bound estimates of population loss and recovery for fauna affected by the 2019–2020 Australian megafires. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

McKnight, D.T., Huerlimann, R., Bower, D.S., Schwarzkopf, L., Alford, R.A. & Zenger, K.R. (2022). The interplay of fungal and bacterial microbiomes on rainforest frogs following a disease outbreak. Ecosphere, 13, e4037.

Wangyal, J.T., Bower, D.S, Vernes, K. & Thinley, P. (2022). Employing citizen science to understand amphibian and reptile diversity and distribution in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Global Ecology and Conservation, e02157.

Morrant, D.S., Turner, J.M., Jensen, M.A., Hansen, N.A., Bower, D.S., Körtner, G. et al. (2022). Wildlife tracking methods. In: Wildlife Research in Australia: Practical and Applied Methods. CSIRO Publishing.

Waudby, H.P., Turner, J.M., Coulson, G., Taggart, D.A., Bengsen, A., Meek, P.D. et al. ncluding Bower. D. S  (2022). Wildlife capture methods. In: Wildlife Research in Australia: Practical and Applied Methods. CSIRO Publishing.


Geyle, H.M., Hoskin, C.J., Bower, D.S., Catullo, R., Clulow, S., Driessen, M. et al. (2021). Red hot frogs: identifying the Australian frogs most at risk of extinction. Pacific Conservation Biology.

Hampton-Smith, M., Bower, D.S. & Mika, S. (2021). A review of the current global status of blast fishing: Causes, implications and solutions. Biological Conservation, 262, 109307.


Simões, B.F., Gower, D.J., Rasmussen, A.R., Sarker, M.A., Fry, G.C., Casewell, N.R., Harrison, R.A., Hart, N.S., Partridge, J.C., Hunt, D.M. and Chang, B.S., 2020. Spectral Diversification and Trans-Species Allelic Polymorphism during the Land-to-Sea Transition in Snakes. Current Biology.

McKnight, D. Carr, L. J.,  Bower, D. S., Schwarzkopf, L., Alford, R. A., Zenger, K.R., (In Press) Infection dynamics, dispersal, and adaptation: Understanding the lack of recovery in a remnant frog population following a disease outbreak. Heredity

Hall J, Bender H, Parrish K, Taylor D, Spark P, Streeting L, Rose K. 2020. Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Two Wild Bell’s Turtles (Myuchelys bellii). Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

Nordberg EJ, McKnight DT. 2020. Nocturnal basking behavior in a freshwater turtle. Ecology.

Indraswari K, Bower DS, Tucker D, Schwarzkopf L, Towsey M, Roe P. 2020. Assessing the value of acoustic indices to distinguish species and quantify activity: A case study using frogs. Freshwater Biology 65:142-152.


Bower DS, Brannelly LA, McDonald CA, Webb RJ, Greenspan SE, Vickers M, Gardner MG, Greenlees MJ. 2019a. A review of the role of parasites in the ecology of reptiles and amphibians. Austral Ecology 44:433-448.

Bower DS, Lips KR, Amepou Y, Richards S, Dahl C, Nagombi E, Supuma M, Dabek L, Alford RA, Schwarzkopf L. 2019b. Island of opportunity: can New Guinea protect amphibians from a globally emerging pathogen? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17:348-354.

Brown GP, Schwarzkopf L, Alford RA, Bower D, Shine R. 2019. Spinal arthritis in invasive cane toads is linked to rate of dispersal as well as to latitude. Scientific reports 9:1-4.

Campbell L, Bower DS, Clulow S, Stockwell M, Clulow J, Mahony M. 2019. Interaction between temperature and sublethal infection with the amphibian chytrid fungus impacts a susceptible frog species. Scientific reports 9:1-8.

Elliott T, Bower D, Vernes K. 2019. Reptilian Mycophagy: A global review of mutually beneficial associations between reptiles and macrofungi. MYCOSPHERE 10:776-797.

McKnight DT, Huerlimann R, Bower DS, Schwarzkopf L, Alford RA, Zenger KR. 2019a. microDecon: A highly accurate read‐subtraction tool for the post‐sequencing removal of contamination in metabarcoding studies. Environmental DNA 1:14-25.

McKnight DT, Lal MM, Bower DS, Schwarzkopf L, Alford RA, Zenger KR. 2019b. The return of the frogs: The importance of habitat refugia in maintaining diversity during a disease outbreak. Molecular ecology 28:2731-2745.