Skinks | Dr Holly Bradley

Love lizards? Learn all about the Western Spiny-tailed Skink, a punkish reptile with a penchant for living in log castles. 

Sarah is joined by Dr Holly Bradley from Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences, who shares her research of an elusive skink that’s found nowhere else on Earth except Western Australia. She talks about how a novel use of light technology is helping conservationists to understand the skink’s habitat needs and ensure its ongoing survival. 

  • A world-first for LIDAR tech [02:23]
  • A skink’s home is his castle [03:27]
  • Translocation for homeless lizards [05:38]
  • Managing predators and mine sites [08:29]
  • ‘Every small action helps’ [13:10]
  • Working as a sloth technician [15:14]

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Dr Holly Bradley, Researcher, School of Molecular and Life Sciences, Curtin University.

Holly has recently completed her PhD within Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the ecology of the endangered Western Spiny-tailed Skink (Egernia stokesii badia), to help improve translocation management and conservation of the subspecies.

Her research interests include conservation biology, threatened species management and restoration ecology.

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Host: Sarah Taillier
Researcher, Recorder and Editor: Zoe Taylor
Executive Producers: Anita Shore and Jarrad Long
Assistant Producer: Alexandra Eftos
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First Nations Acknowledgement

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