Dr Benjamin Scheele

Research Fellow

2011-2014 PhD Ecology

Australian National University

2015 Postdoctoral Fellow

James Cook University

2016 - ongoing Postdoctoral Fellow

Australian National University

Research interests

  • Ecology0602
  • Population Ecology060207
  • Terrestrial Ecology060208
  • Evolutionary Biology0603
  • Landscape Ecology050104
  • Life Histories060308
  • Scheele, B, Pasmans, F, Skerratt, L et al 2019, 'Amphibian fungal panzootic causes catastrophic and ongoing loss of biodiversity', Science, vol. 363, no. 6434, pp. 1459-1463pp.
  • Michael, D, Blanchard, W, Scheele, B et al 2019, 'Comparative use of active searches and artificial refuges to detect amphibians in terrestrial environments', Austral Ecology, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 327-338.
  • Driscoll, D, Worboys, G, Allan, H et al 2019, 'Impacts of feral horses in the Australian Alps and evidence-based solutions', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 63-72.
  • Scheele, B, Legge, S, Armstrong, D et al 2018, 'How to improve threatened species management: An Australian perspective', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 223, pp. 668-675.
  • Canessa, S, Bozzuto, C, Grant, E et al 2018, 'Decision-making for mitigating wildlife diseases: From theory to practice for an emerging fungal pathogen of amphibians', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 1987-1996.
  • Brannelly, L, Clemann, N, Skerratt, L et al 2018, 'Investigating community disease dynamics can lead to more effective conservation efforts', Animal Conservation, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 108-109.
  • Robinson, N, Scheele, B, Legge, S et al 2018, 'How to ensure threatened species monitoring leads to threatened species conservation', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 222-229pp.
  • Grogan, L, Cashins, S, Skerratt, L et al 2018, 'Evolution of resistance to chytridiomycosis is associated with a robust early immune response', Molecular Ecology, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 919-934pp.
  • Grogan, L, Robert, J, Berger, L et al 2018, 'Review of the amphibian immune response to chytridiomycosis, and future directions', Frontiers in Immunology, vol. 9, no. 2536, pp. 1-20pp.
  • Grogan, L, Mulvenna, J, Gummer, J et al 2018, 'Survival, gene and metabolite responses of Litoria verreauxii alpina frogs to fungal disease chytridiomycosis', Scientific Data, vol. 5, pp. 14pp.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Wood, J, MacGregor, C et al 2018, 'Conservation conundrums and the challenges of managing unexplained declines of multiple species', Biological Conservation, vol. 221, pp. 279-292pp.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Lane, P, Westgate, M et al 2018, 'Tests of predictions associated with temporal changes in Australian bird populations', Biological Conservation, vol. 222, pp. 212-221pp.
  • Brannelly, L, Webb, R, Hunter, D et al 2018, 'Non-declining amphibians can be important reservoir hosts for amphibian chytrid fungus', Animal Conservation, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 91-101pp.
  • Westgate, M, MacGregor, C, Scheele, B et al 2018, 'Effects of time since fire on frog occurrence are altered by isolation, vegetation and fire frequency gradients', Diversity and Distributions, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 82-91.
  • Scheele, B, Foster, C, Banks, S et al 2017, 'The Role of Biotic Interactions in the Niche Reduction Hypothesis: A Reply to Doherty and Driscoll', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 148-149pp.
  • Scheele, B, Hunter, D, Brannelly, L et al 2017, 'Reservoir-host amplification of disease impact in an endangered amphibian', Conservation Biology, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 592-600pp.
  • Scheele, B, Foster, C, Banks, S et al 2017, 'Niche Contractions in Declining Species: Mechanisms and Consequences', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 346-355.
  • Scheele, B, Hunter, D, Brannelly, L et al 2017, 'Reservoir-host amplification of disease impact in an endangered amphibian', Conservation Biology, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 592-600pp.
  • Lindenmayer, D & Scheele, B 2017, 'Do not publish', Science, vol. 356, no. 6340, pp. 800-801.
  • Scheele, B, Skerratt, L, Hunter, D et al 2017, 'Disease-associated change in an amphibian life-history trait', Oecologia, vol. 184, no. 4, pp. 825-833.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Ehmke, G & Scheele, B 2017, 'Publish openly but responsibly--Response', Science, vol. 357, no. 6347, pp. 142pp..
  • Scheele, B, Skerratt, L, Grogan, L et al 2017, 'After the epidemic: Ongoing declines, stabilizations and recoveries in amphibians afflicted by chytridiomycosis', Biological Conservation, vol. 206, pp. 37-46.
  • Brannelly, L, Hunter, D, Skerratt, L et al 2016, 'Chytrid infection and post-release fitness in the reintroduction of an endangered alpine tree frog', Animal Conservation, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 153-162.
  • Grogan, L, Phillott, A, Scheele, B et al 2016, 'Endemicity of chytridiomycosis features pathogen overdispersion', Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 85, no. 3, pp. 806-816.
  • Skerratt, L, Berger, L, Clemann, N et al 2016, 'Priorities for management of chytridiomycosis in Australia: saving frogs from extinction', Wildlife Research, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 105-120.
  • Scheele, B, Hunter, D, Banks, S et al 2016, 'High adult mortality in disease-challenged frog populations increases vulnerability to drought', Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 85, no. 6, pp. 1453-1460.
  • Bataille, A, Cashins, S, Grogan, L et al 2015, 'Susceptibility of amphibians to chytridiomycosis is associated with MHC class II conformation', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, vol. 282, no. 1805, pp. 20143127-20143127.
  • Brannelly, L, Hunter, D, Lenger, D et al 2015, 'Dynamics of Chytridiomycosis during the Breeding Season in an Australian Alpine Amphibian', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 10, no. 12, pp. e0143629-e0143629.
  • Scheele, B, Hunter, D, Skerratt, L et al 2015, 'Low impact of chytridiomycosis on frog recruitment enables persistence in refuges despite high adult mortality', Biological Conservation, vol. 182, pp. 36-43.
  • Scheele, B, Driscoll, D, Fischer, J et al 2015, 'Landscape context influences chytrid fungus distribution in an endangered European amphibian', Animal Conservation, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 480-488.
  • Westgate, M.J., Scheele, B.C., Ikin, K., Hoefer, A., Evans, M., Osborne, W., Hunter, D., Rayner, L. & Driscoll, D.A. (2015). Citizen science program shows urban areas have lower occurrence of frog species, but not accelerated declines. PLoS ONE, 10, e0140973.
  • Scheele, B, Boyd, C, Fischer, J et al 2014, 'Identifying core habitat before it's too late: The case of Bombina variegata, an internationally endangered amphibian', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 775-780.
  • Scheele, B, Hunter, D, Grogan, L et al 2014, 'Interventions for Reducing Extinction Risk in Chytridiomycosis-Threatened Amphibians', Conservation Biology, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 1195-1205.
  • Scheele, B, Guarino, F, Osborne, W et al 2014, 'Decline and re-expansion of an amphibian with high prevalence of chytrid fungus', Biological Conservation, vol. 170, pp. 86-91.
  • Keith, D, Mahony, M, Hines, H et al 2014, 'Detecting extinction risk from climate change by IUCN red list criteria', Conservation Biology, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 810-819.
  • Driscoll, D.A., Banks, S.C., Barton, P.S., Ikin, K., Lentini, P., Lindenmayer, D.B., Smith, A.L., Berry, L.E., Burns, E.L., Edworthy, A., Evans, M.J., Gibson, R., Heinsohn, R., Howland, B., Kay, G., Munro, N., Scheele, B.C., Stirnemann, I., Stojanovic, D., Sweaney, N., Villaseñor, N.R. & Westgate, M.J. (2014). The trajectory of dispersal research in conservation biology. Systematic review. PLoS ONE, 9, e95053.
  • Scheele, B, Driscoll, D, Fischer, J et al 2012, 'Decline of an endangered amphibian during an extreme climatic event', Ecosphere, vol. 3, no. 11, pp. Article 101.