Dr Robert Puschendorf
Lecturer in Conservation Biology
School of Biological Sciences (Faculty of Science & Environment)
Lecturer in Animal Physiology and Health
Ph.D (2009) James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland.
M.Sc. (2005) University of Costa Rica. San Pedro, SanJosé, Costa Rica.
B.Sc Hons (1998) EARTH University, Limón, Costa Rica.
My teaching focuses on animal physiology and Welfare. I currently teach on the following courses:
My research interests surround the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the emerging infectious diseases and climate change on biodiversity loss.
Recently I have focused on the importance of environmental conditions in the frequency and likelihood of frog disease outbreaks, and the impacts on populations across different environmental gradients. Interestingly and significantly, this work has uncovered a pattern of dry forests as environmental refugia from disease driven amphibian extinctions, which is consistent across continents; in Costa Rica and tropical Australia.