Dr Jodi Rowley
Senior Lecturer and Curator, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology (Joint appointment with Australian Museum)
Field of Research: 
Frogs, amphibians, reptiles, biodiversity conservation
Contact details:
+61 2 9320 6104

Level 5 East
Biological Sciences South (E26)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

I am a biologist with a focus on amphibian diversity, ecology and conservation, and a passion for communicating biodiversity conservation. My research seeks to uncover and document biodiversity, understand its drivers, and inform conservation decisions. I focus on amphibians because they have the greatest levels of undocumented diversity of any terrestrial vertebrate group, perform irreplaceable functions in many ecosystems and are being lost at an unprecedented rate. I’m based at the Australian Museum Research Institute, Australian Museum & Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW Australia.


Rediscovery of the Booroolong Frog Litoria booroolongensis on the Australian New England Tablelands after more than 40 years. Herpetological Review. 49: 620-621. 2018

Two new and potentially highly threatened Megophrys Horned frogs (Amphibia: Megophryidae) from Indochina’s highest mountains. Zootaxa. 4508: 301–333. abstract. 2018

A new locality and elevation extension for Megophrys rubrimera in Bat Xat Nature Reserve, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam. Herpetology Notes. 11: 865-868. full text. 2018

Status of decline and conservation of frogs in the Wet Tropics of Australia. pp. 15-28 In Heatwole, H. & Rowley, J. J. L. Eds. (2018). Status of Conservation and Decline of Amphibians: Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Australia. 2018

Diet composition and overlap in a montane frog community in Vietnam. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 13(1):205-215. full text. 2018

Resolution of the types and type localities of some early nominal species of the Australian myobatrachid frog genus Pseudophryne Fitzinger, 1843Zootaxa 4407 (1), 51–64. full text. 2018

Large-scale phylogenetic analyses provide insights into unrecognized diversity and historical biogeography of Asian leaf-litter frogs, genus Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 124:162-171. abstract. 2018

The disparity between species description and conservation assessment: a case study in taxa with high rates of species discovery. Biological Conservation. 220: 209-214. abstract. 2018

How the environment shapes animal signals: a test of the acoustic adaptation hypothesis in frogs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 31 (1): 148–158. full text. 2017

The Vietnamese population of Megophrys kuatunensis (Amphibia: Megophryidae) represents a new species of Asian horned frog from Vietnam and southern China. Zootaxa 4344 (3): 465–492 abstract. 2017

Preliminary monitoring of amphibian populations at a montane site in Vietnam with the presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Herpetological Review, 48(3) 557-559. 2017

A new species of the genus Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from Guangxi, China. Zootaxa, 4300 (4): 551–570. abstract. 2017

A new species of Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from Vietnam. Zootaxa. 4273: 61-79. abstract. 2017

Tadpole of the Critically Endangered Sterling’s Toothed Toad (Oreolalax sterlingae). Zootaxa. 4272:579-582. abstract.  2017

A new species of Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from northern Vietnam. Zootaxa. 4243, 544-564. abstract. 2017

An action plan for amphibians of the Hoang Lien Range 2017-21full text. 2017

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