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Coming Up...


Dr Laura Brannelly

Laura is a research fellow at the Melbourne veterinary school at the University of Melbourne. She is a conservation biologist and disease ecologist primarily focusing on how frogs are affected by chytridiomycosis and will be presenting:


"The Effects of Climate Change on

Frog Development, Physiology and Immunity"

 Please join us at 7:30 pm

Thursday 2nd June 2022

Elgin Inn, Hawthorn


Amphibians are declining worldwide, and the impacts of climate change are largely unknown. For animals that require freshwater aquatic habitat, such as frogs as tadpoles, climate change and its influence on water availability poses a huge risk.


Laura will give an overview of her recent work investigating how climate change (through pond drying and larval density) impact larval development and frogs later in life. Understanding how climate change influences frog development, survival, physiology and immunity can help us predict the direct impacts of climate change on frogs.

Event commences from 6 pm for dinner and drinks (available for purchase), talk starts at 7:30 pm.  

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Louise is an ecologist with the Arthur Rylah Institute’s threatened fauna team, working with forest-dependent species including arboreal mammals and frogs. Prior to her time at ARI, Louise worked with conservation NGOs in the UK, Madagascar and Cambodia, and is a Gippsland girl at heart! Louise presents:

"Updates from the field – Litoria watsoni" ​

In search of Watson’s tree frog in a post-fire landscape: insights from genetics, chytrid prevalence and acoustic monitoring.

Since its inception, Frogs Victoria’s proudest talking point is that the most esteemed of amphibian biologists, Professor Murray Littlejohn, is our organisation’s patron. This honour immediately provided gravitas to a fledgling group whose existence is in no small part based on the remarkable and ongoing legacy of your career.

Murray, the aims and core values of Frogs Victoria are in near-perfect alignment with your most distinguished career. We too seek knowledge, understanding, collaboration, connection, and conservation. Our ability to achieve in these spheres has at its foundation the enormous body of knowledge built by you, and those you nurtured to great achievements with you and because of you.

Frogs Victoria thanks you for your patronage, wishes you the happiest of birthdays for your 90th and looks forward to a continuing connection with you.

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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