University of Canberra
Research Projects
Conservation biology of the grassland earless dragon, Tympanocryptis pinguicolla, on the Monaro Tablelands of New South Wales.
State/Territory: NSW

The grassland earless dragon is classified as endangered and now is considered to be one of the rarest reptiles in Australia, and possibly the world. In NSW, the grassland earless dragon occurs in isolated populations some 100kms south of Canberra on the Monaro Tablelands, near Cooma. Until 1993 the species was assumed extinct on the Monaro Tablelands.

To date, research into the status and ecology of the grassland earless dragon on the Monaro Tablelands has been limited and very little is known about the species. However, in early 2010 the University of Canberra, with help of the NSW Department of the Environment Climate Change and Water, directed research towards this endangered species. Tim McGrath, a masters' student with the Institute for Applied Ecology is investigating the status and ecology of the grassland earless dragon in this region.

Geographic location:
Monaro Tablelands, NSW
Research theme:
Climate Change and Sustainability
Organisation:
Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra
Collaborator:
NSW Department of the Environment Climate Change and Water
Funding agency:
University of Canberra & NSW Department of the Environment, Climate Change and Water
Main researchers:
Mr Tim McGrath and Dr Will Osborne, University of Canberra
Timing:
01 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2013