Professor Ben Phillips, from the University of Melbourne's School of Biosciences provides a quick tour of work his group has been conducting across northern Australia in the last five years. We will be pondering Cane Toads and how to stop their spread across the landscape, as well as quolls and how to prevent them being poisoned by toads. There will be tales from the field and lab as we ponder the idea of targeted gene flow for conservation.
Join Craig Cleeland, self-confessed Southern Toadlet groupie who has been studying the species for over 20 years, for an immersion into this rapidly declining frog, with particular reference to Greater Melbourne. Craig will explore the dynamics of a population of Southern Toadlets in an effort to understand more about their breeding biology and life history. He will also report on at the results of toadlet occupancy surveys in the Shire of Nillumbik in 2018, along with data from four years of intensive surveys of the last remaining populations in the outer urban areas of Melbourne.
Spoiler alert: we're warned the ending's not great and not to expect too many answers!