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AGM and social night

 

 

Official notice of the Frogs Victoria Annual General Meeting at

The Elgin Inn, Hawthorn

3rd March 2022

 

 

The AGM is an opportunity for members to hear a summary of Frogs Vic’s 2021 and to help direct the 2022 year. It is also the best time of year to get involved in the committee, either as a member, or by voting for the elected members.

Please forward agenda items to secretary@frogsvic.org by 28th February 2022.

 

Previous AGM minutes can be found at www.frogsvic.org/agm.

 

All are welcome to attend the meeting, but only financial members are eligible to vote or be nominated to a role. You can apply for membership at www.frogsvic.org/membership. If you are a member unable to attend the meeting but wish to vote, notification of proxies can be sent to secretary@frogsvic.org before the meeting. Your proxy does not need to be a Frogs Vic member.

If you are interested in nominating for a position on the committee (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Ordinary Members, Events Sub-committee), please have a look at our Committee Roles and Responsibilities document at www.frogsvic.org/committee or email secretary@frogsvic.org for more details. We encourage anyone to nominate as we have lots of positions to fill. In the event that more than one person is interested in any role, an election will take place. 

 

Please join us Thursday 3rd March 2022,

From 6 pm - Meeting starts 7:30 pm

at Elgin Inn 75 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions via Facebook, our contact page or info@frogsvic.org.

Hope to see you on the 3rd of March!

 

Thank you all for your continuing support,

Best wishes,

Frogs Victoria

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Dr Renee Catullo is a Lecturer at University of Western Australia, with over 10 years' experience working on northern Australian frogs. She did her PhD trying to understand the systematics of Uperoleia frogs, and that still forms part of her research to this day. More recently, her work as focused more broadly on the landscape genetics of threatened vertebrate species. Renee presents:


"How many species of toadlets (Uperoleia)?"


The little brown toadlets in the genus Uperoleia have long been a conundrum. How many species are there? How do you tell them apart? Can they tell each other apart? Renee will talk about more than a decade of work on Uperoleia, which have turned out to be even more complicated (and interesting) than expected. She will also talk about some of the interesting times doing frog fieldwork in the monsoon tropics – both chasing and running from cyclones.

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Michael is an Honorary Professor in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle. He is a conservation biologist and his working life has mostly been spent at the University, having studied frogs professionally for over 30 years. Michael spent over a decade on the technical and scientific advisory committee for the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and the rainforest fauna is one of main interests, although his first work was on desert frogs. Michael is presenting:


"Fire, flood and pestilence, but not a plague of frogs"


Understanding and mitigating the impact of intense and widespread wildfires on frogs is a challenging task. Michael will cover some of the efforts and strategies that his research group has taken since the Black Summer fires of 2019-20. He will place this work in the context of thirty years struggling to deal with an invasive pathogen and the gradual progression of climate warming and drought.



Bhagya is a biologist and behavioural ecologist. She studied the calling behaviour and ecology of frogs in Sri Lanka and recently completed her PhD at La Trobe University where she investigated visual and acoustic communication by the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax) which she presents in:


"Complexity of visual and vocal communication in the Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax) among genetic, ecological and social constraints"


Complex communication systems are widespread among animals. To fully understand their functional and evolutionary significance, we must examine each dimension of communication together with possible genetic, environmental and ecological constraints. With the extensive use of acoustic signals, anurans are considered excellent models for studying the evolution of such communication systems. However, there is a lack of detailed knowledge on the communication systems of most Australian anurans. The Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog, Litoria fallax, is a native Australian species with a broad distribution along the east coast, although has been introduced to Victoria. By undertaking extensive field work and playback studies, multiple levels of complexity in the species' communication behaviour (which is comprised of both acoustic and visual signals) were identified, with possible geographic variation. The talk will go further into how L. fallax can be a useful model system to disentangle the multiple factors affecting complex communication systems.





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