Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Frank Molinia

Frank Molinia
Position: Reproductive Physiologist/STM/Cl
Team: Biodiversity and Conservation
Location: Auckland
Private Bag 92170
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142
Phone: +64 9 574 4225
Fax: +64 3 321 9998

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Research Interests

Research Interests

Research interests

Development of reproductive technologies for conservation of threatened species and control of overabundant populations in Australasia.

Selected recent publications (since 2007)

Kouba AJ, Lloyd RE, Houck ML, Silla AJ, Calatayud N, Trudeau VL, Clulow J, Molinia F, Langhorne C, Vance C, Arregui L, Germano J, Lermen D and Della Togna G (2013). Emerging trends for biobanking amphibian genetic resources: The hope, reality and challenges for the next decade. Biological Conservation. 164, 10-21.

Germano JM, Molinia FC, Bishop PJ, Bell BD and Cree A (2012). Urinary hormone metabolites identify sex and imply unexpected winter breeding in an endangered, subterranean-nesting frog. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 175, 464-472.

Narayan EJ, Molinia FC, Cockrem JF and Hero J-M (2012). Individual variation and repeatability in urinary corticosterone metabolite responses to capture in the cane toad (Rhinella marina). General and Comapartive Endocrinology. 175, 284-289.

Narayan EJ, Molinia FC, Cockrem JF and Hero J-M (2011). Changes in urinary testosterone and corticosterone metabolites during short-term confinement with repeated handling in wild male cane toads (Rhinella marina). Australian Journal of Zoology. 59, 264-269.

Narayan E, Molinia F and Hero J-M (2011). Absence of invasive chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in native Fijian ground frog (Platymantis vitiana) populations on Viwa-Tailevu, Fiji Islands. Acta Herpetologica. 6(2), 261-266.

Narayan E, Molinia FC, Kindermann C, Cockrem JF and Hero J-M (2011). Urinary corticosterone reponses to capture and toe-clipping in the cane toad (Rhinella marina) indicate that toe-clipping is a stressor for amphibians. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 174, 238-245.

Narayan E, Molinia F, Christi K, Morley C and Cockrem J (2010). Urinary corticosterone metabolite responses to capture, and annual patterns of urinary corticosterone in wild and captive endangered Fijian ground frogs (Platymantis vitiana). Australian Journal of Zoology. 58, 189-197. 

Molinia FC, Bell T, Norbury G, Cree A and Gleeson DM (2010). Assisted breeding of skinks or how to teach a lizard old tricks! Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 5(2), 311-319.

Cui X, Duckworth JA, Lubitz P, Molinia FC, Haller C, Lubitz W and Cowan PE (2010). Humoral immune responses in brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) induced by bacterial ghosts expressing possum zona pellucida 3 protein. Vaccine. 28, 4268-4274.

Cui X, Duckworth JA, Molinia FC and Cowan PE (2010). Identification and evaluation of an infertility-associated ZP3 epitope from the marsupial brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula). Vaccine. 28, 1499-1505.

Narayan EJ, Molinia FC, Christi KS, Morley CG and Cockrem JF (2010). Annual cycles of urinary reproductive steroid concentrations in wild and captive endangered Fijian ground frogs (Platymantis vitianus). General and Comparative Endocrinology. 166, 172-179.

Germano JM, Molinia FC, Bishop PJ and Cree A (2009). Urinary hormone analysis assists reproductive monitoring and sex identification of bell frogs (Litoria raniformis). Theriogenology. 72, 663-671.

Rodger JC, Paris DBBP, Czarny NA, Harris MS, Molinia FC, Taggart DA, Allen CA and Johnston SD (2009). Artificial insemination of marsupials. Theriogenology. 71, 176-189.

Walcher P, Cui X, Arrow JA, Scobie S, Molinia FC, Cowan PE, Lubitz W and Duckworth JA (2008). Bacterial ghosts as a delivery system for zona pellucida-2 fertility control vaccines for brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula). Vaccine. 26, 6832-6838.

Molinia F, La Falci S, Myers V and McLane D (2007). Non-invasive monitoring of stoat reproductive hormones. Science for Conservation 276. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 24 p.

La Falci S and Molinia F (2007). Stoat artificial reproductive technologies. Science for Conservation 275. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 20 p.

Molinia FC, Myers JV, Glazier AM, Duckworth JA and Rodger JC (2007). Uterine and vaginal insemination optimised in brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) superovulated with pregnant mare serum gonadotrophin and porcine luteinising hormone. Reproduction, Fertility and Development. 19, 521-529.

Duckworth JA, Wilson K, Cui X, Molinia FC and Cowan PE (2007). Immunogenicity and contraceptive potential of three infertility–relevant ZP2 epitopes in the marsupial brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula). Reproduction. 133, 177-186.

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Sydney
    PhD Animal Science
    1997
  • Sydney
    BSc (Hons) Histology & Embryol
    1988
  • Sydney
    BSc
    1987

Publications

Publications

  • Narayan EJ, Molinia FC, Cockrem JF, Hero J-M 2012. Individual variation and repeatability in urinary corticosterone metabolite responses to capture in the cane toad (Rhinella marina). General and Comparative Endocrinology 175(2): 284-289. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016648011004370 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Narayan EJ, Molinia FC, Cockrem JF, Hero J-M 2012. Changes in urinary testosterone and corticosterone metabolites during short-term confinement with repeated handling in wild male cane toads (Rhinella marina). Australian journal of zoology 59(4): 264-269. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/ZO11070 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Germano JM, Molinia FC, Bishop PJ, Bell BD, Cree A 2012. Urinary hormone metabolites identify sex and imply unexpected winter breeding in an endangered, subterranean-nesting frog. General and Comparative Endocrinology 175(3): 464-472. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016648011004606 (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Molinia F, Narayan E, Germano J, Bishop P 2012. Non-invasive hormone analysis for gender identification and monitoring reproductive function of anurans. Proceedings: 7th World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 13-25 July 2012. http://wch2012vancouver.com/files/WCH7_Oral_presentations_Schedule_final.pdf (Conference Proceedings, 2012)
  • Narayan E, Molinia F, Cockrem J, J.-M. H 2012. Amphibian corticosterone stress responses: applications for understanding global amphibian declines. Proceedings: 7th World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 13-25 July 2012. http://wch2012vancouver.com/files/WCH7_Oral_presentations_Schedule_final.pdf (Conference Proceedings, 2012)
  • Gleeson D, Molinia F 2011. Regional Focus: Maritime Southeast Asia and Oceania; Regional Update - Landcare Research (Auckland). FrogLog 99: p. 35. http://www.amphibians.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/FrogLog99.pdf (Journal Article, 2011)
  • Narayan E, Molinia F, Cockrem J, Hero J-M 2011. [Abstract] Non-invasive amphibian endocrinology: a new tool for fundamental biology and ecological research. Proceedings: 28th Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 9-11 December 2011. Pp. p. 49. (Conference Proceedings, 2011)
  • Molinia F, Gleeson D, Narayan E, Germano JM, Cree A, Bishop P, Jakob-Hoff R, Cockrem J, Gemmell N 2011. Reproductive technologies to help recovery of threatened New Zealand vertebrates for ecological restoration. Proceedings: 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB): "Engaging Society in Conservation", Auckland, 5-9 December 2011. http://www.conbio.org/Activities/Meetings/2011/program/ICCB2011_Programme_web.pdf (Conference Proceedings, 2011)
  • Narayan E, Molinia F, Hero J-M 2011. Absence of invasive Chytrid fungus ( Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis ) in native Fijian ground frog ( Platymantis vitiana ) populations on Viwa-Tailevu, Fiji Islands. Acta Herpetologica 6(2): pp. 261-266. http://www.fupress.net/index.php/ah/article/view/9500 (Journal Article, 2011)

Skills

Skills

  • Reproductive Physiology
  • Reproductive Technology