Postgraduate Profiles

Kellie McMaster

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Thesis: Ecophysiology of Australian cocooning and non-cocooning, burrowing, desert frogs

This thesis explores the ecophysiology of cocooning and non-cocooning Australian burrowing desert frogs in order to specify the details of these two alternative survival strategies. Many details of these life-history strategies have not previously been determined for Australian frogs. In this study the detailed method of function and formation of the cocoon itself was investigated for the first time, as were the moulting cycles, which drive cocoon formation.

Why my research is important

This project is important in obtaining an overall picture of the survival strategies of some of our most common and yet least known frog species.