Professor Craig Franklin

Acting Head of School

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 52355


My lab investigates the physiological and behavioural responses of fish, frogs and reptiles to changing environmental conditions including assessing and predicting the impact of human-induced environmental change. A major thrust of this research is within the emerging field of Conservation Physiology. We are particularly interested in the capacity and plasticity of physiological systems (e.g. respiratory, cardiovascular, osmoregulatory, digestive and musculo-skeletal) to compensate and maintain performance under changing environmental conditions.

We combine lab-based experimental studies with fieldwork, and take an integrative approach that utilises ecological, behavioural, physiological and genomic methodologies. In the field we utilise remote sensing technology (acoustic and satellite telemetry, archival tags) to investigate the movement patterns and behaviours of animals in relation to environmental conditions.

Current projects include:

  • assessing the effects of increasing temperatures on sharks, frogs, turtles and crocodiles;
  • determining the physiological basis for the impact of increasing UV-B radiation on frogs;
  • diving behaviour and physiology of freshwater turtles and crocodiles;
  • acoustic and satellite tracking of sharks, turtles and crocodiles in Queensland;
  • regulation of physiological function in aestivating frogs


  • BSc (Hons), University of Canterbury
  • PhD, University of Canterbury


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Book Chapter

  • Franklin, C. E., Axelsson, M., Sundin, L. and Davison, W. (2004). Antarctic Fish: Survival and Performance at -1.86 C. In A. Elizinga, T. Nordin, D. Turner and V. Wrakberg (Ed.), Antarctic Challenges: Historical and current perspectives on Otto NordenskjId's Antarctic expedition 1901-1903 1 ed. (pp. 233-244) Goteborg, Sweden: Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Goteborg.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

  • Crocodilian biology and evolution (2001) . Edited by G. C. Grigg, F. Seebacher and C. E. Franklin. Crocodilian Biology and Evolution, July 1998, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

  • Waking up from aestivation in the green striped burrowing frog (2000) . Edited by Franklin, C. E., Hudson, N. and Cramp, R. L.. Experimental Biology 2000- Milestones and Goals, 30 July-3 Aug, 2000, Cambridge, UK.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision