I am a biologist who is interested in how organisms work. More specifically, I am interested in the form and function of vertebrates (in particular, reptiles and amphibians) in relation to their ecology and evolution. I completed my undergraduate degree in New Zealand, working on a variety of species ranging from invasive koi carp to the rare endemic tuatara. I then took on an honours project at The University of Queensland, Australia investigating the burrowing energetics and comparative morphology of skinks. Before starting my PhD I was a research assistant working on the mechanism of bipedalism in running lizards, and I also volunteered with a sea turtle research program in Malaysia. My current project in the Franklin lab involves examining how sloughing (skin shedding) affects the skin function of amphibians, and how a leathal fungal skin disease chytridiomycosis affects this process. I also incorporate illustrations and graphic designs to communicate my research to both the scientific community and public.

Awards & achievements

  • SEB Irene Manton Poster award (2018)
  • Fellows Initiative Natural Sciences (2018)
  • Company of Biologist Travel Fund (2018)
  • Peter Rankin Trust Fund for Herpetology (2017)
  • Candidate Development Award (CDA) scholarship (2017)
  • SEB Annual Meeting Travel Grant (2017)
  • World Congress of Herpetology (WCH8) student support scheme (2016)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship (2014 – 2018)
  • 2013 School of Biological Sciences Honours Prize (2013)
  • The University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarship (2011 – 2012)

Presentations

Conference talks

  • Wu N. C., McKercher C., Cramp R. L., & Franklin C. E. (2018) Cutaneous disruption of water balance in frogs infected with a lethal pathogen. Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. Florence, Italy.
  • Wu N. C., Cramp R. L., & Franklin C. E. (2017) Chytridiomycosis alters cutaneous electrolyte transport during sloughing. 34th Annual meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry. Cape Tribulation, Australia.
  • Wu N. C., Gauberg J, Cramp R. L., & Franklin C. E. (2017) Epidermal epidemic: Effects of chytridiomycosis on amphibian epithelial transport during sloughing. Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Wu N. C., Cramp R. L., & Franklin C. E. (2016) Living with a leaky skin: Upregulation of ion transport proteins during sloughing. 33rd Annual meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry. Sydney, Australia.
  • Wu N. C., Cramp R. L., & Franklin C. E. (2016) Cutaneous electrolyte transport during sloughing in amphibians. 8th World Congress of Herpetology. Hangzhou, China.

Conference posters

  • Wu N. C., & Clemente C. J. (2018) Unravelling the mechanisms for the exploitation of bipedal locomotion among Australian agamid lizards. Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. Florence, Italy.
  • Grosell M., Heuer R M., Mager E. M., Wang Y., Wu N. C.*, Cramp. R. L., & Franklin C. E. (2017) Role of the cloaca in salt and water balance in estuarine crocodiles. Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. Gothenburg, Sweden.*Presenter
  • Wu N. C., & Waas, J. R. (2016) No evidence for across-population scent discrimination in Tuatara (Sphenodon). 8th World Congress of Herpetology. Hangzhou, China.
  • Wu N. C. (2013) Morphology and burrowing energetics of semi-fossorial skinks (Liopholis). UQ 2013 Undergraduate Research Conference Program. Brisbane, Australia.
  • Wu N. C., Górski K., & Daniel A. J. (2012) The role of floodplain habitats in recruitment of native & exotic fish. 2012 Summer Research Conference. Hamilton, New Zealand.

Invited seminars

  • Wu N. C., Cramp R. L., & Franklin C. E. (2018) Chytridiomycosis disrupts cutaneous salt transport in a susceptible amphibian. Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Trondheim, Norway.
  • Wu N. C. (2017) Amphibian diversity and declines. UQ Herpetological Society seminar series. Brisbane, Australia.

Society affiliations

  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ANZSCPB)
  • Australian Society of Herpetologists (ASH)
  • Society for Experimental Biology (SEB)
  • UQ Herpetological Society (UQHerp)

Mentions in the media

Personal interests

Herping, Human behavioural biology, Paleobiology, Illustration, Travelling, Badminton, Martial arts

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