Personal details

Dr Ian Williamson
Visiting Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Discipline *
Ecology, Oceanography
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PhD (Flinders University of SA), BSc(Hons) (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (USA)

Ecology of anurans (frogs)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research theme: Environment
Research discipline: Biogeoscience
Research area

  • Distribution of anurans in relation to terrestrial habitats: While availability of aquatic habitats is important for anurans, there needs to be a much stronger focus on understanding terrestrial habitat requirements for many anuran species. This project is examining associations between terrestrial habitat attributes and the distribution of anurans in areas of south-east Queensland.
  • Habitat utilisation in animals: Animals tend to favour a habitat with a particular set of features, and identifying these features and the reasons why they are favoured is an important component of applied ecology. Projects are under way that are examining reasons for habitat choice in a range of animal species including crustaceans, fish, lizards and birds.

Areas of expertise

  • Population Ecology
  • Anuran Ecology

Selected research projects

  • Distribution of anurans in relation to terrestrial habitats
  • Habitat utilisation in animals
  • Ecology of rare species of native olive
This information has been contributed by Dr Ian Williamson.


Teaching discipline: Biogeoscience
Teaching areas

  • Ecology
  • Experimental Design
This information has been contributed by Dr Ian Williamson.


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