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Josie Humphries


BSc Zoology with Industrial Experience

MSc Global Wildlife Health and Conservation


PhD Candidate

Contact details


Centre for Planetary Health and Food Security

Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus

G51, Parklands Drive, Southport, QLD, Australia, 4215

Email: josie_humphries"at"


I am a PhD student at Southern Cross University, working under the supervision of Dr. David Newell, Dr. Laura Grogan, Prof. Hamish McCallum and Dr. Catherine Nock. I will be investigating the genetic causes behind the observed differences in immune response of different populations of the Fleay’s barred frog (Mixophyes fleayi) in response to the fungal disease chytridiomycosis.

I studied Zoology at the University of Manchester (UK), with my final year research project looking at the impact of human disturbance on Fallow deer (Dama dama) vigilance behaviour. During my degree I got the opportunity to take part in a number of short-term research projects, in both South Africa and Ecuador, which focussed on African ungulates and herpetofauna respectively. I also completed a placement year at the University of Cartagena (Colombia), where I interned as a marine biologist for one year, investigating the impacts of climate change and subsequent ocean acidification on Caribbean corals (Porites astreoides and Porites porites)


I have recently completed my Masters in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation at Bristol University (UK), which covered a variety of subjects from wildlife conservation and disease management to captive animal rehabilitation and reintroduction. My thesis focussed on the impacts of chytridiomycosis to Madagascan amphibians, using GIS modelling software to predict the impacts of climate change on a number of amphibian species.

Research Overview

My research at SCU will include immunological analyses and mathematical modelling of climate change. I will aim to use analyses of gene expression patterns to understand the recovery of Mixophyes fleayi to chytrid fungus.

Research Keywords

Transcriptomics, chytridiomycosis, disease ecology, wildlife conservation

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  • Grogan L. F., Humphries J. E., Robert J., Lanctôt C. M., Nock C. J., Newell D. A., McCallum H. I. (2020) Immunological Aspects of Chytridiomycosis. Journal of Fungi. 2020; 6(4):234 (link) (IF 4.621).