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Matthew Mangan


BSc Biology (Hons, summa cum laude)

MSc Biology


PhD Candidate

Contact details


Centre for Planetary Health and Food Security

Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus

G05, Parklands Drive, Southport, QLD, Australia, 4215

Email: mattjmangan"at"



I am a PhD student at Griffith University working under the supervision Dr. Laura Grogan, Prof. Hamish McCallum, Dr. David Newell, and Dr. Catherine Nock. I will be investigating the genetic and demographic factors that may impact severity of chytridiomycosis across populations of Fleay’s barred frog (Mixophyes fleayi).

I completed my Bachelor of Science at Truman State University (USA) in 2016, and earned an honors qualification by modeling host-seeking activity of adult lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) in Missouri. My MSc thesis at Truman State expanded this statistical modeling to describe all three life stages of the lone star tick, and further characterized lone star tick behavior and demographic structure through common-garden experiments and metabolic assays.

After completing my MSc, I served as a government biologist on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, collecting catch composition and genetic data necessary for real-time fisheries management. I then worked in Thailand as field staff for an Asian elephant ecotourism program through Global Vision International, and later spent a summer as a mammal scientist conducting surveys for Operation Wallacea in Cuscuo National Park, Honduras.

Research Overview

I am most interested in disease ecology, population genetics, mathematical modeling, and parasitology, but I often find myself chasing any pretty butterfly that crosses my path. In my PhD, I aim to combine population genetic analyses, experimental exposures across life-stages, and mathematical modeling to understand both spatial and temporal variation in the impact of chytrid fungus on M. fleayi throughout its range.

Research Keywords

Disease ecology, population genetics, epidemiological modelling, spatial ecology, chytridiomycosis

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  • Mangan, M. J., Foré, S. A. & Kim, H. J. (2020). Using haem concentration as a metric of physiological age to infer demographic structure in natural field and forest populations of host-seeking Amblyomma americanum adults. International Journal of Acarology. DOI: 10.1080/01647954.2020.1758776

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  • ​Walker, J. M., Montgomery, C. E., Cordes, J. E., & Mangan, M. (2019). Morphological variation, habitat, and conservation status of parthenogenetic Aspidoscelis tesselatus patterns class C in the canyonlands of southeastern Colorado, USA. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 14(1), 119-131.


  • Mangan, M. J., Foré, S. A., & Kim, H. J. (2018). Ecological modeling over seven years to describe the number of host‐seeking Amblyomma americanum in each life stage in northeast Missouri. Journal of Vector Ecology, 43(2), 271-284.

  • Friebohle, J., Chapman, A., Lovera, K., Mangan, M., Schaefer, C. H., Wronkiewicz, N. (2018). Geographic distribution: Apalone spinifera (Spiny Softshell). Herpetological Review, 49(2), 284.