Vic Patterson

Key Info

  • Position Title
    Former FrogID Validator and Volunteer Researcher
  • Section
    Herpetology Collection
    Australian Museum Research Institute
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I spent most of my childhood raising frogs, toads, and newts in our garden ponds in the UK. Local land got developed over the years, and my dad and I would rescue the resident amphibians and reptiles and relocate them to nearby safe areas. I studied Evolutionary Biology at Exeter University and emigrated to Australia shortly after in 2012. It took a while to adjust to the extremes of Tropical North Queensland, but straight away I was hooked on the amazing biodiversity.

On the release of the FrogID app, I started getting out and about at night to record and observe our local frogs. The more I learnt, the more I needed to know, and it didn’t take long before I was dearly obsessed with frogs. I was honoured to join the wonderful FrogID team in late 2019 when I began volunteering as a validator of frogs in Queensland. I’m currently undertaking a research project on the poorly known Uperoleia species of north Queensland. Eventually, I'd love to complete a PhD and begin working full time in academia. Ultimately, I hope to contribute knowledge that will help us conserve Australia’s frog species and their unique habitats for many years to come.