Dr Joanne Ocock's research interests are in field-based amphibian and wetland ecology and conservation, particularly in large floodplain systems in dryland Australia. Her PhD research was focused on establishing the relationship between various frog species and the flow regime of wetlands in the northern Murray Darling Basin. She carried out fieldwork in the Macquarie Marshes, north of Dubbo, for three seasons, including the largest flood in a decade (September 2010 to February 2011). A number of her findings have been already implemented into monitoring and management of environmental water in the Marshes. Currently, Dr Ocock is involved in assessing ecological responses to environmental water across numerous biota, including fish and aquatic vegetation in the Murrumbidgee river catchment. Part of this work investigates options for management of floodplain wetlands in the Murrumbidgee for persistence and increase recruitment of frogs, particularly for the endangered southern bell frog (Litoria raniformis).
Dr Ocock is fascinated by how large-scale ecological processes are influenced by an individual's movement, behavioural patterns and physiology, and how this translates to species vulnerability to threatening processes such as river regulation, disease and urban development.
Level 5 East Biological Sciences South (E26)
UNSW, Kensington 2052