John Gould
Newcastle University

John Gould headshotDr John Gould

Post-doctoral research fellow, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Newcastle University

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Dr John Gould is a zoologist with expertise in animal behaviour, reproductive biology and herpetology. His research primarily concerns the natural history of animals, including the ways in which species have evolved to suit their environmental conditions, and applying this knowledge to improve the efficacy of management programs. John completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle and is currently a post-doctoral research fellow studying the population dynamics of the threatened green and golden bell frog. He is also a course coordinator in the School of Environmental Science, teaching environmental legislation, complexity and adaptive management to students enrolled in the Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability.

Research outputs linked to policy change and decision-making

  • Persistence of a threatened frog in a modified landscape. Dr Gould has led population monitoring of the threatened green and golden bell frog population on Kooragang Island, exploring the impact of constructed wetlands on providing breeding habitat within habitat mosaics. His work on the population has also informed translocation of individuals within construction zones.
  • Exploring the efficacy of amphibian exclusion-zone fences. Dr Gould has evaluated the design features of amphibian exclusion-zone fences to reduce the potential impact of future fence installations on at-risk populations in areas with continued industrial development and landscape changes.

Current academic employment and positions

  • 2020–present: Post-doctoral research fellow, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle.

Highest qualification

  • 2019: PhD, University of Newcastle.

Major prizes, medals and honours

  • 2020: Cover image for the journal Ethology- Volume:126
  • 2014: Faculty Medal, University of Newcastle
  • 2014: University Medal, University of Newcastle.

Research quality

  • review board member, the journal Diversity (2020–ongoing)
  • peer-reviewed journal articles: 27
  • h-index: 6.

My Projects

Current projectCompleted project
NESP RLH, 2021-2027NESP, 2015-2021NERP, 2012-2015TRaCK, 2005-present