Brittany Mitchell

Postgraduate Research Student
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Effects of the Anthropocene on Australian frog species

As human activities rapidly alter ecosystems across the globe, we need to understand how species are responding and/or adapting. Although seemingly well documented, how biodiversity is responding to anthropogenic change is relatively unknown. For amphibians, a taxon under immense threat globally, understanding their responses is crucial. As such, my PhD (in conjunction with the Australian Museum Research Institute) broadly aims to understand how Australia’s frog species are responding to challenges of the Anthropocene, and more specifically:

  • Characterise the habitat of urban biodiversity hotspots that maximises frog diversity and threatened species presence in urban and suburban areas
  • The effect urbanisation has on acoustic communication/mating behaviour in frogs
  • The effect of urbanisation on disease susceptibility of Australian frogs through investigations of changes in their skin microbiome and immune system
  • The effect of climate change on frog morphology, and persistence of Australian frog species in fire affected areas

 

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  • Mitchell, B.A.­ Callaghan, C.T., Rowley, J.J.L. (2020) Continental-scale citizen science data reveal no changes in acoustic responses of a widespread tree frog to an urbanisation gradient. Journal of Urban Ecology https://doi.org/10.1093/jue/juaa002
  • Quinnell, R., Gray, L.J., Philp, J., Mitchell, B., Newberry, M. and Dimon, R. (2019) September. Breathing life into Haswell’s historic educational zoological collection. In Proceedings of The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (p. 85).

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Email
brittany.mitchell@unsw.edu.au
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