Dr Robert Puschendorf
Lecturer in Conservation Biology
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
- Climate change
- Tropical biology
- Emerging infectious diseases
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I am a Lecturer in Conservation Biology, originally from Costa Rica, but having spent 10 years in Australia before moving to the UK.
My research addresses the ecological and evolutionary consequences of emerging infectious diseases and climate change on biodiversity loss. A lot of my work has 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. These refugia allow for powerful comparison to be made with non-refugial areas (rainforest), in which recovery is starting to build up, but the mechanisms by which this occurs can be elucidated.
Lecturer in Conservation Biology
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.
Roles on external bodies
- Technical advisor for the Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund (GDFCF)
- Review editor EcoHealth Journal
- Editorial board member journal Diversity
- Associate Editor, Physiology and Health, Frontiers in Amphibian and Reptile Science
I lead the following modules:
- BIOL219 Ecology field course
- BIOL308 Applied Conservation Biology
- BIOL314/315 Project Module
- ANIM5008 - Conservation Ecology and Society
- BIOL123Z - Field Biology
- BIOL129Z - Professional Development in Biological Sciences 1
- BIOL130Z - Biological Sciences Field Biology
- BIOL132Z - Ecology and the Diversity of Life
- BIOL134Z - Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare
- BIOL135Z - Introduction to Conservation Biology
- BIOL136Z - Behaviour and Ecology Field Biology
- BIOL137Z - Introduction to Zoology
- BIOL219Z - Ecology Field Course
- BIOL225Z- Professional Development in Biological Sciences 2
- BIOL232Z - Comparative Zoology
- BIOL234Z - Methods in Biology
- BIOL307 - Advanced Skills and Concepts, GIS podule
- BIOL307Z - Advanced Skills and Concepts
- BIOL308 - Applied Conservation Biology
- BIOL308Z - Applied Conservation Biology
- BIOL310 - Global Change Biology
- BIOL310Z - Global Change Biology
My research interests surround the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the emerging infectious diseases and climate change on biodiversity loss.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
PhD (co-supervisor): Katrin Schmidt (2011-2016 ), ‘The ecological role of tadpoles in rainforest streams’, James Cook University
PhD (co-supervisor): Sofia Rodriguez (2012-2018), ‘Effects of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis on the behavior and development of Túngara frogs’, The University of Texas at Austin.
PhD (principal supervisor): Felicity Wynne (2013-2019), ‘Disease ecology of emerging pathogens of amphibians and reptiles in Costa Rica’, University of Plymouth
PhD (principal supervisor): Luke Sutton (2017-2020), ‘Distribution Ecology of the Harpy Eagle: Spatial patterns and processes to direct conservation planning’, University of Plymouth
Key publications are highlightedJournals