Claire Keely

PhD Student, Terrestrial Environments

Claire Keely
Claire Keely working in the field.
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Claire completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at The University of Melbourne. Her honours project was undertaken as a joint project between the Zoology Department and The Amphibian Research Centre under the supervision of Dr. David Young and Gerry Marantelli. The project investigated treatments for the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, and trialled several different temperature and anti-fungal options.

Claire commenced a PhD through The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria in 2010. Her research is focused on the conservation genetics of the endangered Growling Grass Frog,Litoria raniformis, around urban Melbourne.

Current activities:

Claire's PhD through The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria is on the conservation genetics of the Growling Grass Frog, Litoria raniformis, in an urban environment.

Urbanisation is a leading cause of species extinctions worldwide and is considered a major threat to global biodiversity. Recently proposed urban growth boundaries will increase the extent of Melbourne, Australia, by an additional 40,000 hectares. The Growling Grass Frog is listed as vulnerable nationally and endangered in Victoria. Remnant populations around Melbourne occur throughout the proposed urban growth areas and the species is known to be sensitive to habitat fragmentation caused by urbanisation. This project assesses the genetic structure and diversity of remnant populations of L. raniformis across Melbourne's urban fringe, as part of broader research on the conservation requirements of this species.

Claire's PhD is part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant with Museum Victoria, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology and the Growling Grass Frog Trust Fund. The project involves Kirsten Parris, Jane Melville, Geoff Heard, Michael McCarthy and Andrew Hamer.

Last updated 3 July 2012

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