Current Committee

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President

Lynette Plenderleith

Lynette is co-founder of Frogs Victoria. She works in community and nature engagement and has previously worked in amphibian research across the world. Lynette completed a Ph.D. in the ecology of native Australian frogs at Monash University.

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Treasurer

David De Angelis

David is a naturalist, educator and ecological consultant, with particular interests in the conservation and ecology of frogs and reptiles. Most of his fieldwork is shared between Melbourne, the Murray Mallee and East Gippsland. He also maintains involvement with La Trobe University, Holmesglen Institute and The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria.

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Events Sub-Committee

Teisha Sloane-Lay

Teisha is an ecologist for DELWP, with a passion for threatened species conservation and community education. She has undertaken a plethora of frog surveys, through work and her upbringing on her family’s farming property, as well as management plans on threatened frog species. Bonus fun fact: Sloane’s Froglet (Crinia sloanei), discovered by Frogs Victoria Patron Murray Littlejohn in 1958, was named after Teisha’s Grandfather, Ian Sloane.

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Vice President

Nick Clemann

Nick (on the left) is currently on secondment to Zoos Victoria in the role of Senior Biologist Herpetology. When not seconded, Nick leads the Threatened Fauna Program at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, and is an honorary Research Associate at Museums Victoria. His long-term research focuses on threatened species in alpine and mallee ecosystems. Nick is a member of several National Recovery Teams for threatened frogs in south-eastern Australia.

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Ordinary Member

Matt Clancy

Matt is an ecologist and wildlife photographer with a passion for herpetology and threatened species conservation; particularly regarding threatened frogs. Matt currently works as a research assistant on a number of different projects, such as Zoos Victoria’s Threatened Forest Frog Program and acoustic monitoring surveys with DELWP. 

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Events Sub-Committee

Stephanie Tomic

Steph is a Biologist who spent seven years working on captive breeding programs of some of the most endangered frogs in Australia at the Amphibian Research Centre. She is now a keeper at Melbourne Museum where she still pursues anything frog related and is slowly educating her partner on all things green! 

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Secretary

Colin McHenry

Colin has worked on fossil reptiles, biomechanics, and crocodiles before discovering froglife. He currently spends his time counting green and golden bell frogs, and listening to his local frogs in South Gippsland.

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Ordinary Member

Maggie Haines

Maggie is evolutionary biologist and studies a variety of amphibians and reptiles. Recently, she assessed frog species impacted by 2019-20 bushfires to determine which ones should be listed as threatened under the EPBC Act. She reckons the Growling Grass Frog is the best looking frog in Victoria.

Interested in joining the Frogs Victoria committee? Please contact us.

 

Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting if there is a vacancy. Please see the document below for more details.

Frogs Vic Committee Roles and Responsibilities