Niche Environment and Heritage’s Ecology Team Leader, Dr Frank Lemckert, is an internationally recognised herpetologist and one of the authors of a new paper published in the CSIRO’s Australian Journal of Zoology.
Among increasing concern about the global decline in amphibian and reptile populations, researchers working to identify the underlying causes are frequently faced with the problem of the absence of historical data. However, thanks to his decades-long interest in the fauna of Kioloa, Frank and his co-authors are now able to compare current and recent data with data he has been collecting since the mid-1980s. The paper tracks the number and composition of frog and reptile populations found at Kioloa, compared with other coastal locations of NSW.
Frank has been visiting the Australian National University Field Station at Kioloa for more than 15 years in order to conduct training for ecologists. “Wildlife Schools” are practical training courses offering participants the rare opportunity to learn survey procedures in the field, with an emphasis on hands-on experience. The next Wildlife School at Kioloa will take place in August 2014.
Frank has published more than 70 scientific papers. He is a member of the NSW Declining Frog Working Group and Amphibian Specialist Group of the IUCN and was previously President of the Australian Society of Herpetologists. He co-developed a pilot reptile monitoring program and was an expert assessor for Forests NSW, has researched land management and is currently the appointed ecologist for several highway upgrades in NSW.
The herpetofauna of Kioloa, New South Wales: baseline observational data collected 30 years ago and inspired by R. E. Barwick was published in the Australian Journal of Zoology on 12 May 2014. To read the abstract and access the full paper, click here.
Dr Frank Lemckert, Ecology Team Leader
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