Maureen Thompson

Key Info

  • Position Title
    Former PhD Candidate, UNSW Sydney & Australian Museum and FrogID Validator
  • Section
    Herpetology Collection
    Australian Museum Research Institute

Maureen is a PhD candidate working with Dr. Jodi Rowley and Corey Callaghan. She is delighted to combine her passions for citizen science, amphibian conservation, and big data by using the Frog ID data set to look at patterns in frog biodiversity across Australia.

After a few years as a wandering hippie, Maureen attended The Evergreen State College in Washington State and received a Bachelors of Science in 2009. She then spent several years as an itinerant field biologists before being drawn back to school by the prospect of pooling together grey data to complete a USGS funded assessment of bat mortality at wind farms across the U.S. She completed a Masters in Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University in 2015. Originally from a big family in Connecticut, Maureen enjoys reading, running, baking pies, eating pies, and playing with unattended dogs.


  • Callaghan, C.T., Thompson, M., Woods, A,, Poore, A.G.B., Bowler, D.E., Samonte, F., Rowley, J.J.L., Roslan, N., Kingsford, R.T., Cornwell, W.K., Major, R.E. (2023). Experimental evidence that behavioral nudges in citizen science projects can improve biodiversity data, BioScience, 73 (4) 302–313. full text.
  • Thompson, M.M., Moon, K., Woods, A., Rowley, J.J.L., Poore, A.G., Kingsford, R.T. and Callaghan, C.T. (2023). Citizen science participant motivations and behaviour: Implications for biodiversity data coverage. Biological Conservation, 282, 110079. full text.
  • Thompson, M.M., Poore, A.G.B., Rowley, J.J.L., & Callaghan, C.T. (2022) Citizen Science reveals meteorological determinants of frog calling at a continental scale. Diversity and Distributions. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.13634