Dr Robert Puschendorf
Profiles

Dr Robert Puschendorf

Lecturer in Conservation Biology

School of Biological Sciences (Faculty of Science & Environment)

Role

Lecturer

Qualifications

Lecturer in Animal Physiology and Health

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Research Council (2010-2013). JamesCook University, Queensland. Australia.

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. 

Teaching interests

My teaching focuses on animal physiology and Welfare. I currently teach on the following courses:


ANIM506 Animal Conservation

BIOL114 Introduction to Animal Physiology and Welfare

BIOL115 Natural History and Taxonomy

BIOL207 Animal Physiology and Health

BIOL302 Applied Conservation Biology

Research interests

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.

Journals
Articles
Minteer BA, Collins JP, Love KE & Puschendorf R 2014 'Ecology. Avoiding (re)extinction' Science 344, (6181) 260-261 Author Site , DOI
Minteer BA, Collins JP & Puschendorf R 2014 'Specimen collection: an essential tool--response' Science 344, (6186) Author Site , DOI
Minteer BA, Collins JP & Puschendorf R 2014 'Specimen collection: Plan for the future Response' SCIENCE 344, (6186) 816-816 Author Site
Phillips BL & Puschendorf R 2013 'Do pathogens become more virulent as they spread? Evidence from the amphibian declines in Central America' Proc Biol Sci 280, (1766) Author Site , DOI
Puschendorf R, Hodgson L, Alford RA, Skerratt LF & VanDerWal J 2013 'Underestimated ranges and overlooked refuges from amphibian chytridiomycosis' Diversiy and Distributions 19, (8) , DOI
Phillips BL, Puschendorf R, Vanderwal J & Alford RA 2012 'There is no evidence for a temporal link between pathogen arrival and frog extinctions in north-eastern Australia' PLoS One 7, (12) Author Site , DOI
García-Rodríguez A, Chaves G, Benavides-Varela C & Puschendorf R 2012 'Where are the survivors? Tracking relictual populations of endangered frogs in Costa Rica' Diversity and Distributions 18, (2) 204-212 Author Site , DOI
Murray KA, Retallick RWR, Puschendorf R, Skerratt LF, Rosauer D, McCallum HI, Berger L, Speare R & VanDerWal J 2011 'Assessing spatial patterns of disease risk to biodiversity: implications for the management of the amphibian pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis' Journal of Applied Ecology 48, (1) 163-173 Author Site , DOI
Puschendorf R, Hoskin CJ, Cashins SD, McDonald K, Skerratt LF, Vanderwal J & Alford RA 2011 'Environmental refuge from disease-driven amphibian extinction' Conserv Biol 25, (5) 956-964 Author Site , DOI
Januchowski-Hartley SR, Pearson RG, Puschendorf R & Rayner T 2011 'Fresh waters and fish diversity: distribution, protection and disturbance in tropical Australia' PLoS One 6, (10) Author Site , DOI
Murray KA, Retallick RWR, Puschendorf R, Skerratt LF, Rosauer D, McCallum HI, Berger L, Speare R & VanDerWal J 2011 'Issues with modelling the current and future distribution of invasive pathogens' Journal of applied ecology 48, 177-180
Woodhams DC, Bosch J, Briggs CJ, Cashins S, Davis LR, Lauer A, Muths E, Puschendorf R, Schmidt BR, Sheafor B & Voyles J 2011 'Mitigating amphibian disease: strategies to maintain wild populations and control chytridiomycosis' Front Zool 8, (1) Author Site , DOI
Daskin JH, Alford RA & Puschendorf R 2011 'Short-term exposure to warm microhabitats could explain amphibian persistence with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis' PLoS One 6, (10) Author Site , DOI
Murray K, Retallick R, McDonald KR, Mendez D, Aplin K, Kirkpatrick P, Berger L, Hunter D, Hines HB, Campbell R & others 2010 'The distribution and host range of the pandemic disease chytridiomycosis in Australia, spanning surveys from 1956-2007: Ecological Archives E091-108' Ecology 91, 1557-1558
Puschendorf R, Carnaval AC, VanDerWal J, Zumbado-Ulate H, Chaves G, Bolaños F & Alford RA 2009 'Distribution models for the amphibian chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Costa Rica: proposing climatic refuges as a conservation tool' Diversity and Distributions 15, (3) 401-408 Author Site , DOI
Voyles J, Cashins SD, Rosenblum EB & Puschendorf R 2009 'Preserving pathogens for wildlife conservation: a case for action on amphibian declines' Oryx 43, 527-529
Zumbado-Ulate H, Puschendorf R & Chavarría MM 2007 'Eleutherodactylus ranoides (NCN). Distribution. Eleutherodactylus ranoides (NCN). Distribución' Herpetological Review. 38, 184-185
Rowley JJL, Puschendorf R & Cashins S 2007 'PLANT CONSUMPTION IN AUSTRALIAN GECKOS: SAP FEEDING BY THE OCELLATED VELVET GECKO OEDURA MONILIS' Naturalist 21, 207-208
Carnaval AD, Puschendorf R, Peixoto O, Verdade V & Rodrigues M 2006 'Amphibian Chytrid Fungus Broadly Distributed in the Brazilian Atlantic Rain Forest' EcoHealth 3, (1) 41-48 Author Site , DOI
Puschendorf R & Bolaños F 2006 'Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Eleutherodactylus fitzingeri: effects of skin sample location and histologic stain' J Wildl Dis 42, (2) 301-306 Author Site , DOI
Pounds JA, Carnaval AC, Puschendorf R, Haddad CF & Masters KL 2006 'Responding to amphibian loss' Science 314, (5805) 1541-1542 Author Site , DOI
Puschendorf R, Bolaños F & Chaves G 2006 'The amphibian chytrid fungus along an altitudinal transect before the first reported declines in Costa Rica' Biological Conservation 132, (1) 136-142 Author Site , DOI
Pounds JA, Bustamante MR, Coloma LA, Consuegra JA, Fogden MP, Foster PN, La Marca E, Masters KL, Merino-Viteri A, Puschendorf R, Ron SR, Sánchez-Azofeifa GA, Still CJ & Young BE 2006 'Widespread amphibian extinctions from epidemic disease driven by global warming' Nature 439, (7073) 161-167 Author Site , DOI
La Marca E, Lips KR, Lötters S, Puschendorf R, Ibáñez R, Rueda-Almonacid JV, Schulte R, Marty C, Castro F, Manzanilla-Puppo J, García-Pérez JE, Bolaños F, Chaves G, Pounds JA, Toral E & Young BE 2005 'Catastrophic Population Declines and Extinctions in Neotropical Harlequin Frogs (Bufonidae: Atelopus)1' Biotropica 37, (2) 190-201 Author Site , DOI
Puschendorf R, Chaves-Cordero GA, Crawford AJ & Brooks DR 2005 'Eleutherodactylus ranoides (NCN). Dry forest population, refuge from decline?. Eleutherodactylus ranoides (NCN). Población del bosque seco, refugio en disminución?' Herpetological Review. 36, 53-53
Puschendorf R, Kubicki B, Ryan M & Vaughan C 2004 'Cochranella albomaculata (NCN)' Herpetological Review 35, 52-52
Pounds JA & Puschendorf R 2004 'Ecology: clouded futures' Nature 427, (6970) 107-109 Author Site , DOI
Puschendorf R 2003 'Atelopus varius (Harlequin Frog) fungal infection. Atelopus varius (Rana arlequín) infección fungosa' Herpetological Review. 34, 355-355