A fondness for the natural world steered Coen through a Bachelor of Science degree at UQ, majoring in zoology and ecology. Coen's honours year explored how environmental calcium was involved in facilitating the extreme acid tolerance of an 'acid frog', the scarlet-sided pobblebonk. Currently, Coen is undertaking his PhD investigating the effects of temperature and ultraviolet radiation on the health of amphibian larvae through a molecular and ecological lens. Broadly, Coen is interested in how mechanistic understandings of organismal biology can help to explain species ecology, and inform conservation issues.

Research interests

  • Ecophysiology and conservation
  • Thermal ecology
  • Physiological plasticity and evolution

Awards & achievements

  • Ric Nattrass Research Grant, 2020
  • UQ Graduate School PhD Scholarship, 2019
  • Honours Class 1 in Zoology, The University of Queensland, 2019
  • Bachelor of Science with majors in Zoology and Ecology, The University of Queensland, 2018
  • Dean's Commendation for Academic Excellence, The University of Queensland, 2018

Society affiliations

  • The Society for Experimental Biology
  • The Queensland Frog Society
  • The UQ Herpetelogical Society

Personal interests

  • Exploring natural areas and searching for wildlife, spending time with my dog