ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Joanne Ocock

Dr Joanne Ocock

Dr Joanne Ocock's research interests are in field-based amphibian and wetland ecology and conservation, particularly in large floodplain systems in dryland Australia. Her PhD research was focused on establishing the relationship between various frog species and the flow regime of wetlands in the northern Murray Darling Basin.  She carried out fieldwork in the Macquarie Marshes, north of Dubbo, for three seasons, including the largest flood in a decade (September 2010 to February 2011). A number of her findings have been already implemented into monitoring and management of environmental water in the Marshes. Currently, Dr Ocock is involved in assessing ecological responses to environmental water across numerous biota, including fish and aquatic vegetation in the Murrumbidgee river catchment. Part of this work investigates options for management of floodplain wetlands in the Murrumbidgee for persistence and increase recruitment of frogs, particularly for the endangered southern bell frog (Litoria raniformis).

Dr Ocock is  fascinated by how large-scale ecological processes are influenced by an individual's movement, behavioural patterns and physiology, and how this translates to species vulnerability to threatening processes such as river regulation, disease and urban development.

Bachelor of Science (2004) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Bachelor of Laws (2004) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Master of Conservation Biology (2008) University of New South Wales/Victoria University, Wellington

Doctor of Philosophy (2014) University of New South Wales

Strategic Research Areas

Sustainable Water

Memberships of Editorial Boards

Editor for Wetlands Australia journal

Peer Reviewed Papers

Ocock J.F., Kingsford R.T., Penman T.D. and Rowley J.J.L (2014) "Frogs during the flood: differential behaviours of two amphibian species in a dryland floodplain wetland" Austral Ecology DOI: 10.1111/aec.12158

Ocock J.F., Rowley J.J.L., Penman T.D. and Kingsford R.T (2013) "Amphibian chytrid: a potential threat to arid amphibian communities" Ecohealth DOI 10.1007/s10393-013-0824-8

Thomas, R. and Ocock, J.F. (2012) "Macquarie Marshes, Murray Darling Basin, Australia" Encyclopaedia of Wetlands: Wetlands of the World (Vol 4) (ed. Finlayson, M). Springer Reference

Sheridan J.A. and Ocock J.F. (2008). Parental care in Chiromantis hansenae (Anura: Rhacophoridae). Copeia 4: 733-736

Ocock J.F. (2008). What role do threatened species lists play in New Zealand conservation? Pacific Conservation Biology 12: 255-256


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Monitoring the ecological response of Commonwealth environmental water delivered in 2013-14 to the Murrumbidgee River.  Wassens, S & Hall, A. (2013-2014) Partners Department of Primary Industries – NSW Fisheries,(Lee Baumgarten) Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (Erin Lenon), NSW Office of Environment and Heritage(Dr Jennifer Spencer) and University of NSW (Dr Kim Jenkins). SEWPAC, $671,801 Project details

Inundation mapping of environmental flow events in the Macquarie, Gwydier, Lachlan and Lowbidgee floodplain wetlands – NSW Office of Environment and Heritage