Australian Science Superheroes – Jodi Rowley

During National Science Week in August 2016, Australia’s Chief Scientist launched the #5ScientistPledge to recognise Australian Scientists. Now, we’re shining a light on some of these Australian science superheroes with a new tag – #AusScienceHeroes.

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Jodi Rowley with green tree frog

Jodi Rowley
Curator, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology,
Australian Museum Research Institute and UNSW Sydney,


1) What is your science superpower?

I’m a frog detective. I spend my time searching the swamps, streams and ponds of the world in search of frogs. My goal is to figure out how many species of frog there are, how they are doing and how we can ensure that frogs are around for future generations.

2) The year is 2030. How has life changed as a result of your research?

I will have helped ensure that the chirps, chirrups and croaks of frogs can still be heard calling from our backyards and beyond – that frogs will still be filling their vital role in the environment, helping to support healthy ecosystems. We need them around!

3) What drew you to science in the first place?

Curiosity and passion. I grew up in the city, but once I started getting out and seeing frogs, I fell in love (it’s their toe-pads and their amazing eyes!). When I realized how important frogs were for the health of our planet, I decided to do whatever I could to help understand and conserve them.

4) When you’re not wearing your science superhero cape, what do you get up to?

I keep my science superhero cape on under my normal clothes most of the time- science is my passion! But I do enjoy growing veggies on a community garden plot, spending time with friends and family, and photography. I also enjoy talking or writing about frogs at any opportunity!