Celine Frere's Research Group



Gaschk Joshua L, Frere, Celine & Clemente, Christofer 2019, ‘The Evolutionary Extent of Marsupial Arborealism: Quantifying Koala Locomotion Strategies (accepted 6 Nov 2019), Journal of Experimental Biology

Littleford-Colquhoun B, Weyrich L, Kent N, Frere, CH. City life alters the gut microbiome and stable isotope profiling of the eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii). Molecular Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15240

Cristescu, Miller, Frere (2019) Sniffing out solutions to enhance conservation: How detection dogs can maximise research and management outcomes, through the example of koalas. Australian Zoologist. (Invited article) https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2019.030

Cristescu, Scales, Schultz, Miller, Schoeman, Dique, Frere. Environmental impact assessments can misrepresent species distributions: a case study of koalas in Queensland, Australia (2019) Animal conservation. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12455

Miller K, Castañeda Rico S, Muletz-Wolz C, Campana M, McInerney N, Augustine L, Frère CH, Peters A, Fleischer RC. (2019). Parthenogenesis in a captive Asian water dragon (Physignathus cocincinus) identified with novel microsatellites. PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0217489.

Piza Roca, C; Kent, N; Frère, CH (2019) Presence of kin-biased social associations in a lizard with no parental care. Behavioural Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arz093.

Potvin, D; Strickland, K; Slade, J; MacDougall-Shackleton, E; Frère, CH (2019) Applying social network analysis to birdsong research. Animal Behaviour. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.06.012.

Kasha Strickland and Céline H. Frère. Individual Variation in the Social Plasticity of Water Dragons. The American Naturalist 194, no. 2 (August 2019): 194-206. https://doi.org/10.1086/704089

Foroughirad V, Levengood A, Mann J, Frère CH (2019) Quality and quantity of genetic relatedness data affect the analysis of social structure. Molecular Ecology Resources. https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.13028.

Littleford‐Colquhoun B, Clemente C, Thompson G, Cristescu RH, Peterson N, Strickland K, Stuart‐Fox D, Frère CH (2019) How sexual and natural selection shape sexual size dimorphism: evidence from multiple evolutionary scales. Functional Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13337.

Cristescu RH, Miller RL, Schultz AJ, Hulse L, Jaccoud D, Johnston S, Hanger J, Booth R, Frère CH. (2019) Developing non‐invasive methodologies to assess koala population health through detecting Chlamydia from scats. Molecular Ecology Resources https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.12999.

R. H. Cristescu  K. L. Scales  A. J. Schultz  R. L. Miller  D. S. Schoeman  D. Dique  C. H. Frère (2019) Robust science underpinning legislation can create better outcomes for threatened species impacted by infrastructure projects Animal Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12528

Oliver Manlik, Michael Krützen, Anna M. Kopps, Janet Mann, Lars Bejder, Simon J. Allen, Celine Frère, Richard C. Connor, William B. Sherwin (2019) Is MHC diversity a better marker for conservation than neutral genetic diversity? A case study of two contrasting dolphin populations (2019) Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5265

Nicola Kent, Romane H Cristescu, Carme Piza-Roca, Bethan L Littleford-Colquhoun, Kasha Strickland, Céline H Frère (2019) Maternal nesting behaviour in city dragons: a species with temperature-dependent sex determination. Journal of Urban Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1093/jue/juz005


Cristescu R, Scales K, Schultz A*, Miller R, Schoeman D, Dique D, Frère CH. (2018) Environmental Impact Assessments can misrepresent species distributions: A case study of koalas in Queensland, Australia. Animal Conservation http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acv.12455

Strickland K*, Patterson E and Frère CH. (2018) Eastern water dragons use alternative social tactics at different local densities. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72: 148. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-018-2563-x

Piza-Roca C*, Strickland K*, Schoeman D, Frère CH. (2018) Eastern water dragons modify their social tactics with respect to the location within their home range. Animal Behaviour Vol 144. doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.08.001

Strickland K*. & Frère CH. (2018). Predictable males and unpredictable females: repeatability of sociability in eastern water dragons. Behavioural Ecology. 29: 236-243.

Schultz A., Cristescu R., Littleford-Colquhoun B., Jaccoud D., Frere C.H. Fresh Is Best: Accurate SNP Genotyping From Koala Scats. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3765.

Parra G, Cagnazzi D, Jedensjö M, Ackermann C, Frere CH, Seddon J, Nikolic N and Krützen M. Low genetic diversity, limited gene flow and widespread genetic bottleneck effects in a threatened dolphin species, the Australian humpback dolphin. Biological Conservation. 220 (2018) 192-200. oi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.12.028


Strickland K. & Frere C.H. (2017). Predictable males and unpredictable females: repeatability of sociability in eastern water dragons. Behavioural Ecology. 29: 236-243.

Strickland K., Levengood A., Foroughirad V., Kryszczyk E., Mann J., Frere C.H. (2017) A framework for the identification of long-term social avoidance in longitudinal datasets. Royal Society Open Science. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.17064.

Premachandra H.K.A., Lafarga-De la Cruz F., Takeuchi Y., Miller A., Fielder S., Nguyen N.H., Bar I., Frere C.H., Knibb W. (2017) Genomic DNA variation confirmed Seriola lalandi is three different populations in the Pacific, but with recent divergence. Scientific Reports. 7: 9386. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-07419-x.

Littleford-Colquhoun, BL, Clemente, C, Whiting, MJ, Ortiz-Barrientos, D. and Frère, CH. (2017), Archipelagos of the Anthropocene: rapid and extensive differentiation of native terrestrial vertebrates in a single metropolis. Molecular Ecology. 26: 2466–2481. doi:10.1111/mec.14042


Smith H., Frère CH., Kobryn H. and Bejder L. (2016), Dolphin sociality, distribution and calving as important behavioural patterns informing management. Animal Conservation, 19: 462–471.doi:10.1111/acv.12263


Sexton G, Frère CH, Kalinganire A, Uwamariya A, Lowe AJ, Godwin ID, Prentis PJ, Dieters MJ. (2015) Influence of putative forest refugia and biogeographic barriers on the level and distribution of genetic variation in an African savannah tree, Khaya senegalensis (Desr.) A. Juss. Tree Genetics & Genomes. 11 (5).            

Kosanic K, Anderson K, Frère CH, Harrison S. (2015) Regional vegetation change and implication for local conservation on example from West Cornwall (United Kingdom). Global Ecology and Conservation. Vol 5, pg 405-13.

Frère, CH., Chandrasoma, D. and Whiting, M. J. (2015) Polyandry in dragon lizards: inbred paternal genotypes sire fewer offspring. Ecology and Evolution. 5 (8).

Cristescu R, Foley E, Markula A, Jackson G, Jones D, Frère CH (2015) Accuracy and efficiency of detection dogs: a powerful new tool for koala conservation and management. Scientific Reports 5. Article number: 8349. 

Frère CH, Nugent D, Littleford-Colquhoun B, Strickland K (2015). Intellagama lesueurii Eastern water dragon: Cannibalism. The Herpetological Bulletin. 133.


Strickland K; Gardiner R; Schultz AJ; Frère CH (2014). The social life of eastern water dragons: sex differences, spatial overlap and genetic relatedness. Animal Behaviour 97: 53-61.

Lin W, Frère CH, Karczmarski L, Xia J, Gui D, Wu Y(2014) Phylogeography of the finless porpoise (genus Neophocaena): testing the stepwise divergence hypothesis in the northwestern Pacific. Scientific Reports. 4: 6572.

Brown AM, Kopps AM, Allen SJ, Bejder L, Littleford-Colqhoun B, Parra GJ, Cagnazzi D, Thiele D, Palmer C, Frère CH. (2014). Population differentiation and hybridisation of Australian snubfin (Orcaella heinsohni) and Indo-Pacific humpback (Sousa chinensis) dolphins in north-western Australia. PLoS One  9(7): e101427.

Gardiner R, Doran E, Strickland K, Frère CH (2014) A face in the crowd: a non-invasive and cost effective photo-identification methodology to understand the fine scale movement of eastern water dragons. PLoS One. 9 (5), e96992.


Cristescu R, Carrick F, Banks P, Frère CH (2013) Potential 'Ecological Traps' of restored landscapes: koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) re-occupy a rehabilitated mine site. PLoS One 8 (11), e80469.

Mace E, Tai S, Gilding E, Li Y, Prentis P, Bian L, Campbell B, Hu W, Innes D, Han X, Cruickshank A, Dai C, Frère CH, Zhang H, Hunt C, Wang X, Shatte T, Wang M, Su Z, Li J, Lin X, Godwin I, Jordan D, Wang J. (2013) Whole genome sequencing reveals untapped genetic potential in Africa’s indigenous cereal crop Sorghum. Nature Communications 4: 2320.

Cristescu R, Rhodes J, Banks P, Frère CH (2013) Is restoring flora the same as restoring fauna? Lessons learned from koalas and mining rehabilitation. Journal of Applied Ecology. 50 (2), 423-431.

Carter K, Seddon J, Frère CH, Carter J, Goldizen A (2013) Fission-fusion dynamics in wild giraffes may be driven by kinship, spatial overlap and individual preferences. Animal Behaviour. 85: 385–394.

Gilding E and Frère CH (equal first authors) Cruickshank A, Rada A, Prentis P, Mudge A, Mace E, Jordan D, Godwin I. (2013) Allelic variation at a single gene increases food value in a drought tolerant staple cereal? Nature Communications 4:Volume:1483.

Lambrides C. et al (including Frere CH) (2013) Ecoturf-a case study on genetic variation and agronomic potential of bermudagrass (cynodon spp.) germplasm collected from Australian biodiversity. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal. 12: 263-266.


Jewell M, Frère CH, Harris-Shultz K, Anderson W, Godwin I, Lambrides C (2012) Phylogenetic analyses reveals multiple introductions of Cynodon species into Australia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 65 (2), 390-396.

Cristescu R, Goethals K, Banks P, Carrick F, Frère CH (2012) Experimental evaluation of koala scat persistence and detectability with implication for pellet-based fauna census. International Journal of Zoology. 2012: 1-12.

Cristescu R, Frère CH, Banks P (2012) A review of fauna in mine rehabilitation in Australia: Current state and future directions. Biological Conservation. 149: 60-72.

Lin W, Chang L, Zhou R, Mo D, Frère CH, Chen J, Chen X, Wu Y (2012) Differentiated or not? An assessment of current knowledge of genetic structure of Sousa chinensis in China. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 416: 17-20.

Cristescu R, Ellis W, de Villiers D, Lee K, Woosnam-Merchez O, Frère CH, Banks P, Dique D, Hodgkison S, Carrick, H, Carter D, Smith P and Carrick F (2012) North Stradbroke Island: an island ark for Queensland’s koala population? Proceedings of the Royal Society Queensland. 117:309-333.

Prentis P, Gilding E, Pavasovic A, Frere CH, and Godwin I (2012) Molecular Markers in Plant Improvement. Molecular Markers in Plants, First Edition. Edited by Robert J. Henry.


Frère CH, Prentis P, Ezaz T, Georges A (2011) Isolation and characterisation of novel microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA markers for the Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii). Conservation Genetics Resources. 4 (1), 113-116.

Frère CH, Seddon J, Palmer C, Porter L, Parra G (2011) Multiple lines of evidence for an Australasian geographic boundary in the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis): population or species divergence? Conservation Genetics. 12 (6), 1633-1638.

Frère CH, Prentis P, Gilding E, Mudge A, Cruikshank A and Godwin I (2011) Lack of low frequency variants masks patterns of non-neutral evolution following domestication. PLoS One 6(8): e23041.

Frère CH, Mann J, Krützen M, Connor R, Bejder L, Sherwin WB (2011) Nature and nurture: A step towards investigating their interactions in the wild. Communicative and Integrative Biology. 4(2), 192-193.


Frère CH, Krützen M, Mann J, Connor R, Bejder L, Sherwin WB (2010) Social and genetic interactions drive fitness variation in a wild population of bottlenose dolphin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 107(46), 19949-19954.

Sexton G, Frère CH (equal first author), Dieters M, Godwin I, Prentis P (2010) Development and characterisation of microsatellite loci of Kahya senegalensis. American Journal of Botany. 97: e111-e113.

Jewell M, Frère CH, Prentis P, Lambrides C, Godwin I (2010) Characterisation and multiplexing of EST-SSR primers in Cynondon (Poaceae) species. American Journal of Botany. 97: e99-e101.

Frère CH, Krützen M, Mann J, Watson-Capps JJ, Tsai YJ, Patterson EM, Connor R, Bejder L, Sherwin WB, (2010) Home Range Overlap, matrilineal and biparental kinship drive female associations in bottlenose dolphins. Animal Behaviour. 80, 481-486.

Frère CH, Patterson EM, Krzyszczyk E, Mann J (2010) Thar she blows! A novel method for DNA collection from cetacean blow. PLoS One. 5(8) e12299

Frère CH, Krützen M, Kopps AM, Ward P, Mann J, Sherwin WB (2010) Inbreeding tolerance and fitness costs in wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.). Proceedings of the Royal Society, London: Biological Sciences. 227, 2667-2673.


Frère CH, Hale PT, Porter L, Cockcroft VG, Dalebout ML (2008) Phylogenetic analysis of mtDNA sequences suggests revision of humpback dolphin (Sousa spp.) taxonomy is needed. Marine and Freshwater Research. 59, 259-268.

reports & consultancies


Cristescu R, Frère CH (2017) Report for Northern Tablelands Local Land Services: Koala Management Plan for the Northern Tablelands.

Cristescu R, Frère CH (2017) Report for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads: Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section C: Traveston to Woondum) March 2017 Annual Progress Report.

Frère CH, Cristescu R (2017) Report for Redland City Council: Use of koala detection dogs to assess chlamydial disease in wild animals – Jan 2017 Milestone Report.

Frère CH, Cristescu R (2016) Report for Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads: Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section D: Woondum to Curra) project - Koala surveys (Final) - Bruce Highway Upgrade Project.


Frère CH, Cristescu R (2016) Report for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads: Ecological surveys (including landscape genetic connectivity and disease analysis) for Impact Assessment koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus): Tinana - Bruce Highway Upgrade Project.

Cristescu R, Frère CH (2016) Report for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads: Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Section C: Traveston to Woondum) September 2016 Progress Report.

Cristescu R, Frère CH (2016) Report for World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF): Susan River Headwaters - Koala surveys.

Cristescu R, Frère CH (2016) Report for Northern Tablelands Local Land Services: Cool Country Koala Project Engagement outcomes report (June 2016).

Frère CH, Cristescu R (2016) Report for Redland City Council: Use of koala detection dogs to assess chlamydial disease in wild animals - 2016 Report.


Cristescu R, Anthony Schultz, Frère CH (2015) Survey data for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads: Ecological surveys for Impact Assessment of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus): Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway -  Bruce Highway Upgrade Project.

Frère CH, Cristescu R (2015) Surveys data for Noosa Shire Council: koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus).

Cristescu R, Frère CH (2015) Report for O2 Ecology: Koala presence survey - Gympie.

Frère CH, Cristescu R (2015) Report for Australian Wildlife Conservancy: Ecological surveys koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus): and report at Curramore Reserve.

Cristescu R, Frère CH (2014 / 2015) Surveys (2014 and 2015) and report for Queensland Trust for Nature: Koala presence survey at Peak Crossing .