I have a long-standing interest in frog ecology. For my PhD, I studied the effects of historical fires on frog populations in Booderee National Park, on the south-east coast of Australia. More recently, I’ve worked with ACT Frogwatch to investigate trends in frog occurrence across the Canberra region over the last decade or so.
MJ Westgate, BC Scheele, K Ikin, AM Hoefer, RM Beaty, M Evans, W Osborne, L Rayner & DA Driscoll (2015) Citizen science program shows urban areas have lower occurrence of frog species, but not accelerated declines. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0140973. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0140973 [PDF]
MJ Westgate, DA Driscoll & DB Lindenmayer (2012) Can the intermediate disturbance hypothesis and information on species traits predict anuran responses to fire? Oikos 121: 1516-1524. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.19863.x [PDF]