Andrew J. Hamer


Dr Andrew Hamer is an Ecologist at ARCUE and has published extensively on frog ecology, including aspects of habitat use, life history and demography, and the impacts of invasive fish and agrochemicals on frog populations. His PhD research focused on the ecology of the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog Litoria aurea in New South Wales. This research contributed to wetland restoration projects and the management of extant populations. Andrew is currently modelling the determinants of patterns and dynamics in wetland usage by bell frogs.

Andrew has 12 years experience as an environmental consultant and has completed numerous flora and fauna assessments and monitoring projects in New South Wales and Victoria. More recently, he applied information-theoretic methods to improve the ability of a long-term monitoring program to assess the status of a population of the Green and Golden Bell Frog in an urban setting at Sydney Olympic Park. He has also published the results of a monitoring study on the Growling Grass Frog Litoria raniformis in an urban-fringe environment in south-east Melbourne

Andrew’s current research interests include the role of local and landscape factors in determining the distribution of frogs in urban areas. He believes that our understanding of the impacts of urbanisation on frog communities can be improved through studies at multiple spatial scales which integrate aspects of the biotic and abiotic environment.

Recent Publications

Hamer, A. J. (2016) Accessible habitat delineated by a highway predicts landscape-scale effects of habitat loss in an amphibian community. Landscape Ecology (online June 2016).

Hamer, A. J., Harrison, L. and Stokeld, D. (2016). Road density and wetland context alter population structure of a freshwater turtle. Austral Ecology 41, 53-64.

Donnavan J. D. Kruger, Hamer, A. J. & Louis H. Du Preez (2015). Urbanization affects frog communities at multiple scales in a rapidly developing African city. Urban Ecosystems, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 1333-1352.

Keely CC, Hale JM, Heard GW, Parris KM, Sumner J, Hamer AJ, Melville J. (2015). Genetic structure and diversity of the endangered growling grass frog in a rapidly urbanizing region. R. Soc. open sci. 2: 140255. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.140255

Stokeld, D., Hamer, A., van der Ree, R., Pettigrove, V. and Gillespie, G. (2014). Factors influencing occurrence of a freshwater turtle in an urban landscape: a resilient species? Wildlife Research 41, 2: 163-171.

Hamer, A., van der Ree, R., Mahony, M. & Langton, T. (2014). Usage rates of an under-road tunnel by three Australian frog species: implications for road mitigation. Animal Conservation 17: 379–387.

Hamer, A.J. and Parris, K.M. (2013). Predation modifies larval amphibian communities in urban wetlands. Wetlands 33:641–652.

Hamer A.J. and McDonnell M.J. (2012). The importance of habitat design and aquatic connectivity in amphibian use of urban stormwater retention ponds. Urban Ecosystems 15:451–471.

Mahony, M.J., Hamer, A.J. et al. (2013). Identifying conservation and research priorities in the face of uncertainty: a review of the threatened Bell Frog complex in Eastern Australia. Herpetological Conservation 8 (3) 519-38.

Hamer, A.J. (2011). The herpetofauna of Melbourne: using past and present distributions to assess impacts of urbanisation The Victorian Naturalist 128 (5) 162-173.

Hamer, A. J. & McDonnell, M. J. (2010). The response of herpetofauna to urbanization: inferring patterns of persistence from wildlife databases. Austral Ecology, 35, 568-580.

Hamer, A. J. & Mahony, M. J. (2010). Rapid turnover in site occupancy of a pond-breeding frog demonstrates the need for landscape-level management. Wetlands, 30, 287-299.

Hamer, A. J., Lane, S. J. & Mahony, M. J. (2010). Using probabilistic models to investigate the disappearance of a widespread frog-species complex in high-altitude regions of south-eastern Australia. Animal Conservation, 13, 275-285.

Hamer, A. J., Lane, S. J. & Mahony, M. J. (2008). Movement patterns of adult Green and Golden Bell Frogs Litoria aurea and the implications for conservation management. Journal of Herpetology, 42, 397-407.

Hamer, A. J. & McDonnell, M. J. (2008). Amphibian ecology and conservation in the urbanising world: a review. Biological Conservation, 141, 2432-2449.

Hamer, A. J. & Organ, A. K. (2008). Aspects of the ecology and conservation of the Growling Grass Frog Litoria raniformis in an urban-fringe environment, southern Victoria. Australian Zoologist, 34, 393-407.

Hamer, A. J. & Mahony, M. J. (2007). Life history of an endangered amphibian challenges the declining species paradigm. Australian Journal of Zoology, 55, 79-88.

Lane, S. J., Hamer, A. J. & Mahony, M. J. (2007). Habitat correlates of five amphibian species and of species-richness in a wetland system in New South Wales, Australia. Applied Herpetology, 4(1), 65-82.

Hamer, A. J., Makings, J. A., Lane, S. J. & Mahony, M. J. (2004). Amphibian decline and fertilizers used on agricultural land in south-eastern Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 102, 299-305.

Hamer, A. J., Lane, S. J. & Mahony, M. J. (2003). Retreat site selection during winter in the green and golden bell frog, Litoria aurea Lesson. Journal of Herpetology, 37(3), 541-545.

Hamer, A. J., Lane, S. J. & Mahony, M. J. (2002). The role of introduced mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) in excluding the native green and gold bell frog (Litoria aurea) from original habitats in south-eastern Australia. Conservation Ecology, 132, 445-452.

Hamer, A. J., Lane, S. J. & Mahony, M. J. (2002). Management of freshwater wetlands for the endangered green and golden bell frog (Litoria aurea): roles and habitat determinants and space. Biological Conservation, 106, 413-424.