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Professor Phil Bishop

Email phil.bishop@otago.ac.nz

Phone 64-3-479-7990

Dr Phil Bishop

Teaching

Research Interests

Archeys Frog Research.

  • Amphibian conservation and behavioural ecology
  • Animal communication
  • Declining frog populations and frog diseases

Potential Postgraduate Projects

  • Acoustic communication in Australasian frogs.
  • Conservation biology of Australasian frogs.
  • Communication and breeding behaviour of New Zealand frogs (Leiopelma spp.).

Current Postgraduate Students

Passionate about Frogs.

  • Leida Dos Santos - PhD 'Environmental education as a strategic plan to prevent amphibian declines'
  • Sally Wren - PhD 'Improving knowledge and techniques for the conservation of New Zealand’s native frogs'
  • Jenny Laycock - PhD 'Disease risks to native frogs; anthroogenic dispersal of invasive Litoria species’
  • Javiera Cisternas – PhD 'An integrated conservation biology approach for the management of native frogs (Leiopelma spp.) in New Zealand.'
  • Luke Easton – PhD ‘Ancient DNA, conservation genetics and translocations of Leiopelma'
  • Rebecca Sewell - MSc 'The effects of introducing dung beetles into southern pastures in New Zealand’

Recent Research Students

  • Virginia Moreno - PhD 'The effects of native forest fragmentation and exotic plantations on the conservation of endemic and threatened amphibian populations of the Nahuelbuta Range in central-south Chile'
  • Bastian Egeter – PhD 'Detecting frogs as prey'
  • Jennifer Germano - PhD 'Aspects of the reproductive biology of Leiopelma'
  • Sabine Melzer - PhD 'The role of skin secretions in communication, behaviour and defense in New Zealand frogs'
  • Luke Easton - MSc 'Hochstetter's frog habitat assessment and future translocations'
  • Michel Ohmer - MSc 'Chytridiomycosis in native New Zealand frogs'
  • Emma Shaw - MSc 'Ways of improving husbandry for captive native frogs'
  • Katie Hector - MSc 'Catch-up growth in Litoria tadpoles'
  • Morgan McLean - MSc 'Mate choice and reproductive conditioning in brown tree frogs'

Other Links

Green and Golden Bell Frog.

Please visit the New Zealand Frog Research Group Page

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Publications

Aihara, I., Bishop, P. J., Rohmer, M. E. B., Awano, H., Mizumoto, T., Okuno, H. G., … Hero, J.-M. (2017). Visualizing phonotactic behavior of female frogs in darkness. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 10539. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11150-y

Shaw, S. D., Berger, L., Harvey, C., Alley, M. R., Bishop, P. J., & Speare, R. (2017). Adenomatous hyperplasia of the mucous glands in captive Archey's frogs (Leiopelma archeyi). New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 65(3), 140-146. doi: 10.1080/00480169.2016.1255158

Ramírez, P. A., Bell, B. D., Germano, J. M., Bishop, P. J., & Nelson, N. J. (2017). Tracking a small cryptic amphibian with fluorescent powders [Short communication]. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 41(1), 134-138. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.41.2

Easton, L. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., Whigham, P. A., & Bishop, P. J. (2016). Habitat suitability and requirements for a threatened New Zealand amphibian. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.1071

Cisternas, J., Bishop, P. J., Easton, L. J., & Longnecker, N. (2016). Engagement through experience: Participatory research for native frog conservation in New Zealand. Proceedings of the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) Conference. (pp. 16). Retrieved from https://www.scanz.co.nz/conference

Authored Book - Research

Bishop, P. (2005). Frogs at risk. Wellington, New Zealand: The Royal Society of New Zealand, 7p.

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Edited Book - Research

Minter, L. R., Burger, M., Harrison, J. A., Braack, H. H., Bishop, P. J., & Kloepfer, D. (Eds.). (2004). Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institute, 360p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Hero, J.-M., Roberts, J. D., Hoskin, C. J., Lowe, K., Narayan, E. J., & Bishop, P. J. (2015). Austral amphibians: Gondwanan relicts in peril. In A. Stow, N. McLean & G. I. Holwell (Eds.), Austral ark: The state of wildlife in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 440-466). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Bell, B. D., Bishop, P. J., & Germano, J. M. (2010). Lessons learned from a series of translocations of the archaic Hamilton's frog and Maud Island frog in central New Zealand. In P. S. Soorae (Ed.), Global re-introduction perspectives: Additional case-studies from around the globe. (pp. 81-87). Abu Dhabi, UAE: IUCN/SCC Re-introduction Specialist Group & Environment Agency.

Bishop, P. J., Germano, J. M., & Bell, B. D. (2008). Leiopelmatid frogs: The world's most archaic frogs. In S. N. Stuart & et al (Eds.), Threatened amphibians of the world. (pp. 71-72). Barcelona, Spain: Lnyx Edicions; Gland, Switzerland: IUCN; Arlington, VA: Conservation International.

Bell, B., Tocher, M., Bishop, P., & Waldman, B. (2008). Hochstetter's frog. In S. N. Stuart & et al (Eds.), Threatened amphibians of the world. (pp. 293). Barcelona, Spain: Lnyx Edicions; Gland, Switzerland: IUCN; Arlington, VA: Conservation International.

Bell, B., Tocher, M., Bishop, P., & Waldman, B. (2008). Maud Island frog. In S. N. Stuart & et al (Eds.), Threatened amphibians of the world. (pp. 293). Barcelona, Spain: Lnyx Edicions; Gland, Switzerland: IUCN; Arlington, VA: Conservation International.

Pickersgill, M., & Bishop, P. J. (2004). Afrixalus aureus Pickersgill, 1984: Golden Leaf-folding Frog, Golden Spiny Reed Frog, Golden Dwarf Leaf-folding Frog, Goue Stekel-rietpaddatjie (A), Goue Blaarvouendepadda (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 123-124). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Pickersgill, M., & Bishop, P. J. (2004). Afrixalus delicatus Pickersgill, 1984: Delicate Leaf-folding Frog, Delicate Spiny Reed Frog, Delikate Blaarvouendepadda (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 125-126). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Pickersgill, M., Burger, M., & Bishop, P. J. (2004). Afrixalus spinifrons (Cope, 1862): Natal Leaf-Folding Frog, Natal Spiny Reed Frog, Spinose Dwarf Leaf-folding Frog, Natalse Blaarvouendepadda (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 131-133). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Bishop, P. J. (2004). Hyperolius acuticeps Ahl, 1931: Sharp-nosed Reed Frog, Long Reed Frog, Skerpneusrietpadda (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 136-137). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Bishop, P. J. (2004). Kassina maculata (Duméril, 1853): Red-legged Kassina, Rooibeenvleipadda (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 153-154). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Bishop, P. J. (2004). Genus Kassina Girard, 1853 (Family Hyperoliidae): Kassinas, chickwarikwari (S), vleipaddas (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 151-152). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Bishop, P. J. (2004). Hyperolius marmoratus Rapp, 1842: Painted Reed Frog, Marbled Reed Frog, Geverfde Rietpadda (A), Gestreepte Rietpadda (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 141-143). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Bishop, P. J. (2004). Hyperolius argus Peters, 1854: Argus Reed Frog, Argus Sedge Frog, Yellow Spotted Reed Frog, Golden Sedge Frog, Argusrietpadda (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 137-139). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Bishop, P. J. (2004). Arthroleptella ngongoniensis Bishop and Passmore, 1993: Mistbelt Moss Frog, Mistbelt Chirping Frog, Ngongoni Moss Frog, Ngongoni Mospaddatjie (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 215-217). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Bishop, P. J., & Pickersgill, M. (2004). Genus Afrixalus Laurent 1944 (Family Hyperoliidae): Leaf-folding frogs, spiny reed frogs, blaarvouendepaddas (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 121-123). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Bishop, P. J. (2004). Leptopelis natalensis (Smith, 1849): Natal Tree Frog, Forest Tree Frog, Natalse Boompadda (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 160-162). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Bishop, P. J. (2004). Hyperolius pickersgilli Raw, 1982: Pickersgill's Reed Frog, Avoca Reed Frog, Pickersgill se Rietpadda (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 143-145). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

Bishop, P. (2004). Frog declines in New Zealand. In J. W. Wilkinson & D. Maxwell (Eds.), Collected DAPTF working group reports: Ten years on. (pp. 20-24). Milton Keynes: Department of Biological Sciences, The Open University.

Pickersgill, M., & Bishop, P. J. (2004). Afrixalus fornasinii (Bianconi, 1849): Greater Leaf-folding Frog, Fornasini's Spiny Reed Frog, Groot-blaarvouendepadda (A). In L. R. Minter, M. Burger, J. A. Harrison, H. H. Braack, P. J. Bishop & D. Kloepfer (Eds.), Atlas and red data book of the frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. (pp. 127-128). Washington DC, USA: Smithsonian Institution.

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Journal - Research Article

Aihara, I., Bishop, P. J., Rohmer, M. E. B., Awano, H., Mizumoto, T., Okuno, H. G., … Hero, J.-M. (2017). Visualizing phonotactic behavior of female frogs in darkness. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 10539. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11150-y

Shaw, S. D., Berger, L., Harvey, C., Alley, M. R., Bishop, P. J., & Speare, R. (2017). Adenomatous hyperplasia of the mucous glands in captive Archey's frogs (Leiopelma archeyi). New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 65(3), 140-146. doi: 10.1080/00480169.2016.1255158

Easton, L. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., Whigham, P. A., & Bishop, P. J. (2016). Habitat suitability and requirements for a threatened New Zealand amphibian. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.1071

Lillie, M., Grueber, C. E., Sutton, J. T., Howitt, R., Bishop, P. J., Gleeson, D., & Belov, K. (2015). Selection on MHC class II supertypes in the New Zealand endemic Hochstetter's frog. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15, 63. doi: 10.1186/s12862-015-0342-0

Rexer-Huber, K., Bishop, P. J., & Wharton, D. A. (2015). Field ecology of freezing: Linking microhabitat use with freezing tolerance in Litoria ewingii. Austral Ecology, 40(8), 933-940. doi: 10.1111/aec.12275

Reilly, S., Essner, Jr, R., Wren, S., Easton, L., & Bishop, P. J. (2015). Movement patterns in leiopelmatid frogs: Insights into the locomotor repertoire of basal anurans. Behavioural Processes, 121, 43-53. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2015.10.001

Egeter, B., Bishop, P. J., & Robertson, B. C. (2015). Detecting frogs as prey in the diets of introduced mammals: A comparison between morphological and DNA-based diet analyses. Molecular Ecology Resources, 15(2), 306-316. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12309

Shaw, S. D., Bishop, P. J., Skerratt, L. F., Myhre, J., & Speare, R. (2014). Historical trends in frog populations in New Zealand based on public perceptions. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 41(1), 10-20. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2013.816327

Speare, R., Speare, B., Muller, R., & Bishop, P. (2014). Anesthesia of tadpoles of the southern brown tree frog (Litoria ewingii) with isoeugenol (Aqui-S). Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, 45(3), 492-496. doi: 10.1638/2013-0088R.1

Shaw, S. D., Berger, L., Bell, S., Dodd, S., James, T. Y., Skerratt, L. F., Bishop, P. J., & Speare, R. (2014). Baseline cutaneous bacteria of free-living New Zealand native frogs (Leiopelma archeyi and Leiopelma hochstetteri) and implications for their role in defense against the amphibian chytrid (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 50(4), 723-732. doi: 10.7589/2013-07-186

Ohmer, M. E., Herbert, S. M., Speare, R., & Bishop, P. J. (2013). Experimental exposure indicates the amphibian chytrid pathogen poses low risk to New Zealand's threatened endemic frogs. Animal Conservation, 16(4), 422-429. doi: 10.1111/acv.12010

McLean, M. J., Bishop, P. J., & Nakagawa, S. (2013). Assessing the patterns of evolution in anuran vocal sexual signals. Evolutionary Biology, 40(1), 141-149. doi: 10.1007/s11692-012-9197-0

Melzer, S., Clerens, S., & Bishop, P. J. (2013). Skin gland morphology and secretory peptides in naturalized Litoria species in New Zealand. Journal of Herpetology, 47(4), 565-574. doi: 10.1670/12-246

Shaw, S. D., Skerratt, L. F., Kleinpaste, R., Daglish, L., & Bishop, P. J. (2012). Designing a diet for captive native frogs from the analysis of stomach contents from free-ranging Leiopelma. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 39(1), 47-56. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2011.619989

Shaw, S. D., Bishop, P. J., Harvey, C., Berger, L., Skerratt, L. F., Callon, K., … Speare, R. (2012). Fluorosis as a probable factor in metabolic bone disease in captive New Zealand native frogs (Leiopelma species). Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, 43(3), 549-565. doi: 10.1638/2011-0276r1.1

McLean, M. J., Bishop, P. J., Hero, J.-M., & Nakagawa, S. (2012). Assessing the information content of calls of Litoria chloris: Quality signalling versus individual recognition. Australian Journal of Zoology, 60(2), 120-126. doi: 10.1071/zo12014

Gascon, C., Collins, J. P., Church, D. R., Moore, R. D., Andreone, F., Bishop, P., … Verdade, V. K. (2012). Scaling a global plan into regional strategies for amphibian conservation. Alytes, 29(1-4), 15-27.

McLean, M. J., Bishop, P. J., & Nakagawa, S. (2012). Male quality, signal reliability and female choice: Assessing the expectations of inter-sexual selection. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25, 1513-1520. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02533.x

Germano, J. M., Molinia, F. C., Bishop, P. J., Bell, B. D., & Cree, A. (2012). Urinary hormone metabolites identify sex and imply unexpected winter breeding in an endangered, subterranean-nesting frog. General & Comparative Endocrinology, 175(3), 464-472. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2011.12.003

Sigurdsen, T., Green, D. M., & Bishop, P. J. (2012). Did Triadobatrachus jump? Morphology and evolution of the anuran forelimb in relation to locomotion in early salientians. Fieldiana Life & Earth Sciences, 5, 77-89. doi: 10.3158/2158-5520-5.1.77

Hector, K. L., Bishop, P. J., & Nakagawa, S. (2012). Consequences of compensatory growth in an amphibian. Journal of Zoology, 286(2), 93-101. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2011.00850.x

Melzer, S., Davis, L. S., & Bishop, P. J. (2012). Cutaneous gland secretions of Leiopelma pakeka as a potential mechanism against rat predation. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 39(4), 329-339. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2012.665809

Bishop, P. J., Angulo, A., Lewis, J. P., Moore, R. D., Rabb, G. B., & Garcia Moreno, J. (2012). The Amphibian Extinction Crisis: What will it take to put the action into the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan? SAPIENS, 5(2), 97-111.

Melzer, S., Clerens, S., & Bishop, P. J. (2011). Differential polymorphism in cutaneous glands of archaic Leiopelma species. Journal of Morphology, 272(9), 1116-1130. doi: 10.1002/jmor.10960

Rexer-Huber, K. M. J., Bishop, P. J., & Wharton, D. A. (2011). Skin ice nucleators and glycerol in the freezing-tolerant frog Litoria ewingii. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 181(6), 781-792. doi: 10.1007/s00360-011-0561-7

Herbert, S. M., Leung, T. L. F., & Bishop, P. J. (2011). Fluorescent probes as a tool for labelling and tracking the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 96(2), 169-174. doi: 10.3354/dao02377

Ohmer, M. E., & Bishop, P. J. (2011). Citation rate and perceived subject bias in the amphibian-decline literature. Conservation Biology, 25(1), 195-199. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01591.x

Shoo, L. P., Olson, D. H., McMenamin, S. K., Murray, K. A., Van Sluys, M., Donnelly, M. A., … Herbert, S. M., Bishop, P. J., … Hero, J.-M. (2011). Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48(2), 487-492. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01942.x

Germano, J. M., Cree, A., & Bishop, P. J. (2011). Ruling out the boys from the girls: Can subtle morphological differences identify sex of the apparently monomorphic frog, Leiopelma pakeka? New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 38(2), 161-171. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2010.548076

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