Lab head

Ben Phillips (A/Prof)


Nelika Hughes (NESP Postdoc). The impact of Toxoplasmosis on Australian mammals.

Matt West (NESP Postdoc).  Modelling chytrid dynamics in space and time.

Phil Erm (Lab Manager).  Making stuff happen.

Sally Drapes (Lab Manager). Making stuff happen.

PhD Students

Andrew Coates (UniMelb, supervised by Tim Dempster and Ben Phillips). Rapid adaptation in salmon lice in response to control efforts.

Chris Jolly (UniMelb, supervised by Ben Phillips and Jonno Webb).  A broader understanding of island arks for conservation.

Naomi Indigo (UTS, supervised by Jonno Webb and Ben Phillips).  Ameliorating the impact of toads on quolls.

Louise Noergaard (Monash, supervised by Matt Hall and Ben Phillips).  The invasion of pathogens in a model system.

Sally Drapes (UniMelb, supervised by Ben Phillips, Matt Hall, Luke Holman). Australian Daphnia as a model for understanding invasions

Adam Smart (UniMelb, supervised by Ben Phillips and Reid Tingley). Genetic back burning in toads.

Masters Students

Nedrah Brown (Edith Cowan Uni, supervised by Rob Davis and Matt West). Response of Litoria moorei to chytrid.

Adeline Chew (UniMelb, supervised by Matt West, Laura Brannelly, and Lee Berger). Interactions between chytrid and environmental pollutants.

Sophie McCulloch (UniMelb, supervised by Matt West. Graeme Gillespie and Michael Scroggie). Skeletochronology of Litoria spenceri.

Lukas Fellows (UniMelb, supervised by Matt West and Reid Tingley). Thermophysiology of Litoria spenceri and Litoria lesueurii.

Kimberly Chhen (UniMelb, supervised by Ben Phillips and Matt West).  Daphnia, Gambusia, and chytrid.

Honours Students

Breanne Johnson (JCU, supervised by Conrad Hoskin and Ben Phillips). The expansion of asian house geckos into native habitats.

Lab Alumni

In reverse order of exodus…

Greg Clarke (PhD 2016-2019, USyd, supervised by Rick Shine and Ben Phillips).  Competition–colonisation trade-offs in toads.

Phoebe Burns (PhD 2016-2019, UniMelb, supervised by Kevin Rowe at Museum Victoria, Marissa Parott at Zoos Victoria, and Ben Phillips).  Conservation and management of the New Holland Mouse.

Rachel Swain (MSc 2018, UniMelb, supervised by Matt West, José Lahoz-Montfort, and Karen Rowe). Optimising acoustic detection of Litoria spenceri.

Ella Kelly (PhD 2015-2018, UniMelb supervised by Ben Phillips).  Targeted gene flow for conservation.

Sarah Anderson (Hons 2018, Edith Cowan University, supervised by Rob Davis and Matt West). Chytrid prevalence and intensity of infection in Litoria moorei in SW Australia.

Jack Dickson (Hons 2018, UniMelb, supervised by Nelika Hughes, Ben Phillips, Jasmin Hufschmidt, and Rebecca Traub). Toxoplasma in native mammals.

Phil Erm (MSc 2016-2017, supervised by Ben Phillips). Invasions and life-history trade-offs.

Kate Saleeba (MSc 2015-2017, supervised by Michael Kearney and Ben Phillips). Optimising detection of legless lizards using biophysical models.

Louise Barnett (PhD 2013-2016, JCU, supervised by Conrad Hoskin and Ben Phillips).  Going feral: the slow-motion invasion dynamics of an introduced gecko in Australia.

Emily Gregg (MSc 2015-2016, UniMelb, supervised by Ben Phillips and Reid Tingley). The feasibility of a waterless barrier to halt the spread of toads.

John Llewelyn (Postdoc 2012-2016; JCU supervised by Ben Phillips). Adaptation in peripheral isolates.

Stewart Macdonald (PhD 2011-2015; JCU supervised by Ben Phillips and John Llewelyn). Peripheral isolates as hotbeds of adaptive variation under climate change.

Andrew Coates (MSc 2014-2015, UniMelb, supervised by Ben Phillips and Conrad Hoskin). Parasites on the edge: patterns of parasitism across the range edge of the Asian House Gecko.

Amberlee “The Dark Instrument” Hatcher (JCU 2013-2016, supervised by Ben Phillips).  Research Assistant extraordinaire.

Collin Storlie (PhD 2011-2015, JCU, supervised by Jeremy Vanderwal and Ben Phillips). Statistical downscaling the weather: the influence of spatiotemporal scale on ecological predictions.

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