Alannah Filer

I am a PhD student interested in using acoustics and distribution mapping to better visualise and describe interspecific species interactions. In particular, my research focuses on the endemic group of highly specialised ‘acid frogs’ which inhabit the acidic wallum wetland environs along the east coast of Australia. These frogs are highly threatened by human land uses that can alter the water chemistry of their specialised habitat, which can allow the introduction of less specialised competitive sibling species. However, very little has been done to quantify the competitive relationship between the acid frogs and their sibling species beyond anecdotal reports. My research aims to fill this gap; firstly by updating species distribution maps to identify areas of co-occurrence, and secondly by developing and advancing acoustic techniques to determine the potential for, and find evidence of, acoustic competition. I hope that this research will be able to aid in the conservation and understanding of our native acid frogs, as well as further our knowledge of acoustic competition in general.


I am extremely passionate about research, and doing everything we can to conserve our amazing native wildlife, and during the rainy months you can usually find me out hunting frogs with a microphone in hand! I am supervised by Dr Berndt Janse van Rensburg from the School of Biological Sciences and Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences along with Dr Hawthorne Beyer of the Global Change Institute.




  • BSc (Hons 1) Ecology – The University of Queensland