Jodi is the Curator of Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology at the Australian Museum and UNSW (the first joint-appointment between the institutions). After a degree in Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons) at UNSW, Jodi completed her PhD at James Cook University, where she used radiotelemetry to investigate how interspecific behaviour influences the susceptibility of frog species to decline from disease. In 2006, Jodi moved to Cambodia to work as a wildlife biologist for international NGO Conservation International, and began conducting amphibian research in Southeast Asia. She moved to the Australian Museum in 2008, and continues her focus on Australasian amphibian biodiversity and conservation. Her research seeks to uncover and document biodiversity, understand its drivers, and inform conservation decisions. She has greatly expanded knowledge about amphibian species diversity in Southeast Asia, having led over 25 expeditions in the region and co-discovered more than two dozen new frog species.
My research seeks to uncover and document biodiversity, understand its drivers, and inform conservation decisions. I focus on amphibians because they have the greatest levels of undocumented diversity of any terrestrial vertebrate group, perform irreplaceable functions in many ecosystems and are being lost at an unprecedented rate.