Craig Franklin Deputy Head of School, Professor in Zoology, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland
We are delighted to welcome Professor Craig Frankln to our speakers lined up for the next Extreme Medicine Conference in London. Biologist and Professor of Zoology at The University of Queensland, Australia, Craig Franklin has been studying fish, sharks, frogs and reptiles for more than 25 years.
Craig acts as the Director of Research for the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, chair of the Animal Section for the Society for Experimental Biology (London, UK) and an editor for the Journal of Experimental Biology (Cambridge, UK).
Examining how animals respond to environmental change and how they function within their environment has taken Craig on expeditions from the tropics to the poles. Craig has published over 200 scientific articles, including papers in the prestigious journals Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the Royal Society.
The underlying emphasis and direction of Professor Franklin’s research deals with the flexibility and plasticity of physiological systems in organisms especially in response to extreme conditions and environmental change. He ask questions about how animals interact with their environment and takes an integrative approach, examining animal performance and then explores the physiological, biochemical and molecular changes and mechanisms that underlie the whole animal traits.
Professor Franklin, is a strong proponent of wildlife conservation and has a number of research projects assessing the impact of environmental change and human disturbance on threatened species. He maintains a strong interest in highlighting the threats to the conservation of wildlife in Antarctica, which he covers in his book “Antarctica Cruising Guide” AWA Press. He has undertaken 10 research expeditions to Antarctica.
He has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes during his career, including being appointed as an Australian Professorial Fellow by the Australian Research Council; receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Göteborg, Sweden; and receiving the President’s Medal from the Society for Experimental Biology, UK. He is also acknowledged as an outstanding teacher, being a recipient of The University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Teaching and a finalist (twice) in the Australian Awards for University Teaching.