CIE Seminar Series – 2022: Impacts of Agriculture on Anurans and Reptiles

SPEAKER: Sara Balouch, Regional Cat Management Coordinator, Ten Lives Australia

DATE & TIME: Friday, 1st April 2022 @ 12noon.

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 841 4108 4337, Password: 61704291).

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I will give an overview over my PhD research on diversity, threats and conservation of anurans and reptiles in fragmented agricultural landscapes.

Amphibians and reptiles are particularly sensitive to the landscape changes that occur as a result of different agriculture practices.

The major focus of my PhD studies involved understanding the consequences of different agricultural practices on habitat quality and the response of these animals towards these habitat changes.

We conducted our studies in two countries (Australia and Pakistan) with different agricultural practices and landscape contexts to explore the effects of habitat disturbance on herpetofauna in these human altered landscapes.


Sara Balouch completed her PhD at Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology in 2021 and now holds a role as Regional Cat Management Coordinator at Ten Lives Australia.

For her PhD in Prof Don Driscoll’s BRACE lab, she investigated impacts of agriculture on herpetofauna in fragmented landscapes of Australia and Pakistan.

Her work with wildlife spans ten years, first as an assistant curator in Arid Agriculture University, Pakistan and later as a wildlife biologist at Barari Forest Management in the United Arab Emirates.

Follow Sara on Twitter or checkout her website for more information.

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