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Australian green tree frog
Australian green tree frog Image: Jodi Rowley
© Jodi Rowley

Australia's frogs continue to be under threat. Join us for an important update from Australian Museum (AM) scientists and find out what you can do to help.

Thousands of sick and dead frogs continue to be reported across eastern Australia, centred in NSW. The event is so large in scale that it may have population level impacts on Australia’s frog species, many of which are already threatened. As frogs are an integral part of healthy Australian ecosystems, this upsetting event requires our urgent attention. The Australian Museum’s Herpetology department, together with Taronga’s Australian Registry of Wildlife Health is leading the investigation to understand what is causing this, and what its impact will be on our frog species.

Join the Australian Museum’s Amphibian & Reptile Curator, Dr Jodi Rowley, and the Australian Museum’s Chief Scientist & Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute, Professor Kris Helgen, for an update on this serious conservation issue and how you can support this research to help save frog species across Australia.

There will be an opportunity at the end of the discussion for the audience to participate and ask questions.


Dr Jodi Rowley

Dr Jodi Rowley
Dr Jodi Rowley, Curator, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology (Herpetology) with a Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea) Image: Stuart Humphreys
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Dr Jodi Rowley is the Curator of Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology, leading the Herpetology department, at the Australian Museum Research Institute, Australian Museum & Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW Sydney.

She is a biologist with a focus on amphibian diversity, ecology and conservation, and a passion for communicating biodiversity conservation.

Her research seeks to uncover and document biodiversity, understand its drivers, and inform conservation decisions.

She focuses on amphibians because they have the greatest levels of undocumented diversity of any terrestrial vertebrate group, perform irreplaceable functions in many ecosystems and are being lost at an unprecedented rate.


Professor Kris Helgen

Professor Kristofer M. Helgen
Professor Kris Helgen is Director and Chief Scientist of the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI). Image: University of Adelaide
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Professor Kris Helgen is Chief Scientist and Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI). As Chief Scientist and Director, he is responsible for the AMRI team of more than 100 staff, including research scientists, collection scientists, collection officers and more than 130 associates, fellows and students, who research and explore the natural world.

He has focused his research primarily on fieldwork with living animals and research in museum collections to document the richness of life, understand global change, and contribute to important problems in biomedicine.