Emily Hotham

Key Info

Kia ora!

My interest in conservation began in my hometown of Kūaotunu, New Zealand. I always had a great love for and interest in wild animals. I was inspired to pursue a career in conservation while volunteering with kiwi birds, realising how little we knew about the species and the wider ecosystem. After University, my job brought me back to the region, where I fell in love with our native herpetofauna species.

Before joining the Australian Museum, I worked as an Ecological Consultant and Technical Advisor in ecology in New Zealand. I completed my Masters in Conservation Biology at Massey University in New Zealand, where I studied the abundance and habitat-use of Archey's frogs in relation to land use. This research provided conservation recommendations and addressed mitigation requirements for this magnificent species. It also cemented my passion for amphibian conservation and research.

Through my research and communications, I aim to highlight the magnificence of amphibians, their crucial role in ecosystems, and the importance of citizen science in their conservation.

My work as a researcher at the Australian Museum focuses on monitoring the abundance and disease status of endangered frog species in Northern NSW, Australia. In this bioregion, we are also searching for missing and feared extinct frog species. The project methods include traditional survey methodology, citizen science (FrogID) engagement, and automated sound recorders. We are also determining the population genetics of isolated frog populations to aid in the management of each species. Additionally, radio-telemetry is underway to study movement patterns and habitat use of an endangered frog population pre- and post-breeding season.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, diving, consuming desserts, and trying to convince friends to join me on night frogging adventures. By blending scientific research with community engagement, I strive to foster a deeper appreciation for amphibians and promote effective conservation strategies.


Masters of Conservation Biology (Hons), Massey University, New Zealand. Thesis: The abundance and habitat use of Leiopelma archeyi in relation to land-use.

Bachelor of Ecology and Zoology (Double Major), Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Other Appointments

Guest Editor, New Zealand Journal of Ecology

Section Editor, Journal of Reptiles and Amphibians


Hotham, E.R., Armstrong, D.P., & Muchna, K.M. (2023). Abundance of Leiopelma archeyi in the Coromandel peninsula in relation to habitat and land-use. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, New Zealand.

Hotham E.R., Haigh A., Smerdon S., Germano, J.M. (In press). Frog-predator interactions in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology.