Researcher biography

Niclas Lundsgaard is a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences at UQ. He was born in Denmark, and moved to Australia with his family in 2004. The biodiversity of Australia captivated Niclas from a young age, but it was Steve Irwin and his ongoing legacy that had sparked Niclas’s passion for conservation. Niclas graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology in 2015, receiving the prestigious Jiro Kikkawa Ecology Prize along the way. He went on to complete Class 1 Honours in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Craig Franklin and Dr Rebecca Cramp, investigating the interactive effects of ultraviolet-B radiation and temperature on physiology, immune function and disease susceptibility of amphibians. Niclas presented his research at the the Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry 33rd Annual Meeting at Western Sydney University, as well as on Network Ten’s TV program, Scope. He is currently continuing this line of research for his PhD to shed light on the potential link between elevated ultraviolet-B radiation and amphibian declines in montane regions across the globe. In his spare time, Niclas likes playing soccer, getting amongst nature with family and friends, and showcasing his adventures by making videos on YouTube. His vision and desire is to help protect biodiversity and the natural environment for the well being of future generations.  

Niclas's principal advisor is Professor Craig Franklin.