Dr Robert Puschendorf - ()
Qualifications & background
Lecturer in Animal Physiology and Health
Ph.D (2009) James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland.
M.Sc. (2005) University of Costa Rica. San Pedro, SanJosé, Costa Rica.
B.Sc Hons (1998) EARTH University, Limón, Costa Rica.
ANIM506 Animal Conservation
BIOL114 Introduction to Animal Physiology and Welfare
BIOL115 Natural History and Taxonomy
BIOL207 Animal Physiology and Health
BIOL302 Applied Conservation Biology
My research interests surround the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the emerging infectious diseases and climate change on biodiversity loss.
Recently I have focused on the importance of environmental conditions in the frequency and likelihood of frog disease outbreaks, and the impacts on populations across different environmental gradients. Interestingly and significantly, this work has uncovered a pattern of dry forests as environmental refugia from disease driven amphibian extinctions, which is consistent across continents; in Costa Rica and tropical Australia.
(2013) 'Do pathogens become more virulent as they spread? Evidence from the amphibian declines in Central America' Proc Biol Sci 280 (1766), p 20131290 , DOI
(2013) 'Underestimated ranges and overlooked refuges from amphibian chytridiomycosis' Diversiy and Distributions 19 (8), p n/a , DOI
(2012) 'There is no evidence for a temporal link between pathogen arrival and frog extinctions in north-eastern Australia' PLoS One 7 (12), p e52502 , DOI
(2011) 'Assessing spatial patterns of disease risk to biodiversity: implications for the management of the amphibian pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis' Applied Ecology 48 (1), pp 163 - 173 , DOI
(2011) 'Environmental refuge from disease-driven amphibian extinction' Conserv Biol 25 (5), pp 956 - 964 , DOI
(2011) 'Fresh waters and fish diversity: distribution, protection and disturbance in tropical Australia' PLoS One 6 (10), p e25846 , DOI
(2011) 'Mitigating amphibian disease: strategies to maintain wild populations and control chytridiomycosis' Front Zool 8 (1), p 8 , DOI
(2011) 'Short-term exposure to warm microhabitats could explain amphibian persistence with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis' PLoS One 6 (10), p e26215 , DOI
(2009) 'Distribution models for the amphibian chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Costa Rica: proposing climatic refuges as a conservation tool' Diversity and Distributions 15 (3), pp 401 - 408 , DOI
(2006) 'Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Eleutherodactylus fitzingeri: effects of skin sample location and histologic stain' J Wildl Dis 42 (2), pp 301 - 306 , DOI
(2006) 'Responding to amphibian loss' Science 314 (5805), pp 1541 - 1542 , DOI
(2006) 'Widespread amphibian extinctions from epidemic disease driven by global warming' Nature 439 (7073), pp 161 - 167 , DOI
(2004) 'Ecology: clouded futures' Nature 427 (6970), pp 107 - 109 , DOI