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Misty Slopes


I am a conservation biologist and ecologist focusing on how anthropogenic change, such as urbanisation and climate change impacts amphibians (mostly frogs). At current, I am a PhD candidate at UNSW Sydney and the Australian Museum and a science educator at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Affiliation and Contact:

Centre for Ecosystem Science,
School of Biological
Earth and Environmental Science,
UNSW Sydney,



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

2020 – Present
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
and Australian Museum
Thesis: “Australia’s frog species in the Anthropocene – habitat loss, climate change, behaviour, and disease”

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Class I 

2018 – 2019
University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Australian Museum
Thesis: “Using large-scale citizen science data to examine acoustic responses of the Red Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) to anthropogenic disturbance.”


Bachelor of Science

2014 – 2016
University of Sydney

Biology and Immunobiology


  • Callaghan, C.T., Liu, G., Mitchell, B.A., Poore, A.G.B., Rowley, J.J.L. (2021), Urbanization negatively impacts frog diversity at continental, regional, and local scales, Basic and Applied Ecology

  • Mitchell, B.A., Callaghan, C.T., Rowley, J. J. L. (2020) Continental-scale citizen science data reveals no changes in acoustic responses of a widespread tree frog to an urbanisation gradient. Journal of Urban Ecology


  • BIOS1101: Evolutionary and Functional Biology, UNSW Sydney (2021- present)

  • ​BIOS1301: Ecology and Sustainability, UNSW Sydney​ (2022 - present)

  • BIOL1001: Concepts in Biology, University of Sydney (2017)

  • Science Educator, Botanic Gardens of Sydney (2019 - present)

  • Science Educator, University of Wollongong STEM Roadshow (2017 - 2019)

  • Science Education Program Designer, University of Sydney Museums (2017)

Grants and Funding:

  • Australian Society of Herpetologists Student Research Grant ($2000)

  • Centre for Ecosystem Science Postgraduate Student Grant ($1000)

  • Australian Wildlife Society Ecology Research Scholarship ($5000)

Other Experience:

FrogID Validator

2019 - Present
Australian Museum


Digitisation Assistant

2019 – 2021
National Herbarium of NSW


Invasive Species Research Assistant

NSW Department of Primary Industries


Digitisation Assistant

2016 – 2018
Macleay/Haswell Museums, University of Sydney


Volunteer Research Assistant
2015 – 2017
Shine Lab, University of Sydney

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