Frog calls and cane toads

Development of bioacoustic software is revolutionising the way we ask and answer questions about the world. My current postdoctoral research project is using cane toads, one of the most notorious invasive species in the world, as a model to apply automated sound recognition to pest management and research. Lin Schwarzkopf and I are working with colleagues from QUT, on Groote Eylandt with the Anindilyakwa Ranger group to establish an early response system to detect rogue toads that arrive on boats or planes, before they establish a home on the island. We are using this opportunity to study the calling behaviour of native frog species, to learn what we can do to protect them.

Here is just one of the native Australian marsupials that suffer ill effects from eating cane toads…