Over the past decade the developing field of biotelemetry is allowing us to remotely gather valuable information on the behaviour and physiology of animals in their natural environment. Our lab is utilising an array of cutting-edge remote sensing and telemetric devices to monitor the movement patterns, body temperatures and heart rates of animals in the field. This includes the use of radio, acoustic and satellite telemetry, and the deployment of archival tags. We are also developing new analytical tools to facilitate other researchers with the analysis of their biotelemetry datasets. Essentially we are now taking our lab to the animal, rather than the animal to the lab.

Current research topics

  • The movements of elasmobranchs in the Wenlock River, identified through passive acoustic telemetry
  • Long term study of the behaviour, diet and population status of saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus)
  • Spatial ecology of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus)

Research opportunities

Various projects are available from the Franklin lab, see available projects for existing research or contact us to discuss potential projects.

Analytical tools

  • VTrack: An R package for the analysis of remote acoustic telemetry data
  • ZoaTrack: Online tools for calculate movement metrics and space use for tagged animals anywhere in the world.
Craig and Hamish collecting data
Craig and Hamish collecting data from the field. Photo credit: Australia Zoo.
Hamish with a salt water crocodile
Hamish with a juvenile salt water crocodile (Crocodylus porosus).
Whale shark
A whale shark (Rhincodon typus), used to study where these elusive giants migrate to. Photo credit: Samantha Reynolds.