A sneak peak from our review on amphibians and UV radiation...

Over the past couple of years, I have been working together with Prof Craig Franklin at The University of Queensland on a review of the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) on amphibians, and its interactions with other environmental factors. We asked the amazingly talented Elia Pirtle, a PhD student with A/Prof Michael Kearney at The University of Melbourne, to provide us with an illustrated diagram of the environmental factors that effect the transmission of UVR into terrestrial and aquatic habitats, and the environmental factors that can interact with UVR to negatively impact amphibian populations. Below is the result of her efforts, which I wanted to share with you to help publicise her work. If you need a scientific illustration for a logo, a poster, or a paper, or just a nice painting for your office, contact Elia at eliapirtle@gmail.com and visit her website.

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  Figure drawn by Elia Pirtle ( eliapirtle@gmail.com )

Figure drawn by Elia Pirtle (eliapirtle@gmail.com)

Read about out latest research in Evolution...

In 2012, I was awarded a Travelling Fellowship from the Journal of Experimental Biology to visit Arizona State University in the USA to work with Prof Michael Angilletta, a leading expert on thermal adaptation in animals. Together we investigated the effect of temperature on the evolution of metabolism in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) to test the century-old controversial theory of metabolic cold adaptation. Our findings were recently published in the journal Evolution (link here), and were highlighted in Evolution's new "Digests" section by Dr Daniel Fabian (link here).

Data for the metabolic rate of fruit flies evolved in different thermal environments. See our paper in  Evolution  for further details.

Data for the metabolic rate of fruit flies evolved in different thermal environments. See our paper in Evolution for further details.