Earthwatch scientist Dr. Michael Mahony investigates the fate of fast-disappearing frogs and other amphibians.
Professor Mahony is interested in conservation biology, with a particular emphasis on conservation genetics. He is currently working on recovery plans for several species of frog known to be endangered. He is also interested in genetic methods for the biological control of the cane toad, and his research has led to his involvement with the discovery of at least one new species of frog.
Why focus on the Gondwana Rainforest?
“This project is focused on frogs,” says Professor Mahony, “but our aim is to introduce the volunteers to the spectacular Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage Area…because it provides evidence of the evolutionary history of life on earth and a direct link to the origin and relationships of Australia’s unique fauna.”