Frank's current research focuses on the response of wildlife (particularly Koala) populations to disturbance, management initiatives to ameliorate damaging effects and restoration ecology of disturbed ecosystems; mining and urban development, as well as major public infrastructure projects all pose serious challenges to wildlife and habitats.

Physiology, ecology, behaviour and phylogeny 
(i) Restoration ecology at landscape scales. 
(ii) Response of Koalas to disturbance and re-colonisation potential on mine sites. 
(iii) Herbivore / habitat interactions in near urban, bushland and forest environments. 
(iv) Host / parasite relationships between the Koala and Chlamydiacae. 
(v) Reproductive ecology of the Platypus. 
(vi) Conservation biology and genetics of the Koala and Platypus.
(vii) Endocrinology of Koala and Platypus. 

Molecular and cell biology, molecular genetics and epidemiology 
(viii) Molecular approaches to diagnosis and treatment of chlamydiosis. 

Ultrastructure and phylogeny 
(ix) Sperm ultrastructure and phylogeny of non-eutherian mammals. 
(x) Histology / cytology / ultrastructure of endocrine organs of non-eutherian mammals. 

Studies have also been undertaken on a wide range of other animals including arid zone kangaroos, bandicoots and bilbies, gliders and honey possums, planigales and ringtails, wallabies and wombats - even extending occasionally to fishes. 

Frank graduated from The University of New South Wales (B.Sc. with First Class Honours) and completed his Ph.D. at the same institution in 1977. After a Lectureship at The University of New South Wales (where he began studying Koala biology), Frank joined The University of Queensland as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy. During 1983 / 1984, he took up an appointment as Visiting Research Professor at The University of California, San Francisco to work with Professor Harold Papkoff. After his return from the USA to the Faculty of Veterinary Science, he transferred to the Department of Zoology in 1987. Frank has continued to lead the UQ Koala Study Program (which he established in 1978) and also initiated monotreme research studies at the University. Besides ongoing international collaborations, he gained further overseas experience as Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, U.S.A. and took the opportunity offered to work with Professor Stephen Jay Gould as Visiting Research Scholar at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, U.S.A. Frank was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM), "for service to wildlife preservation, particularly in relation to Koalas" in 1995. Since joining the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation in 2007, Frank has continued to be successful in being awarded significant research funding from National Competitive Grants, Mining Industry and Local Government sources. He has been invited to membership of specialist government bodies at State and Commonwealth level; and his specialist advice has been sought by a diversity of industry bodies as well as various environmental NGOs and a range of community groups; presentations have been invited to organisations such as the Australasian Conference of Planning and Environment Courts and Tribunals and the Queensland Environmental Law Association, in addition to the more usual scientific learned societies. 

Industry

Even while it was still largely 'unfashionable' for most parts of Academia to work closely with and derive funding from Industry, Frank has enjoyed extensive support from and collaboration with Industry; ranging from zoos and fauna parks, pharmaceutical industry, Royal Australian Air Force, urban development industry, mineral sand mining, electricity generation and transmission, through to the Koala Venture partnership with Rio Tinto Coal for over a quarter of a century (the longest continuous ecological study of Koalas).

Collaborations

Most of the research disciplines I have worked or continue to work in are unlikely to be meaningful unless they are collaborative. From early in my career, I have been privileged to have enjoyed collaborations with a great diversity of international and national colleagues. This continues and is evident from the authorship of my publications.

Key Publications

Genetic variation and structuring in the threatened koala populations of Southeast Queensland
Lee, Kristen ; Seddon, Jennifer ; Corley, Sean ; Ellis, William ; Johnston, Stephen ; de Villiers, Deidré ; Preece, Harriet ; Carrick, Frank
Conservation Genetics, Dec 2010, Vol.11(6), pp.2091-2103

Single DNA sequence common to all chlamydial species employed for PCR detection of these organisms
Girjes, Adeeb A. ; Carrick, Frank N. ; Lavin, Martin F.
Research in Microbiology, 1999, Vol.150(7), pp.483-489

North Stradbroke Island: An Island ark for Queensland's koala population?
Cristescu, R ; Ellis, W ; de Villiers, D ; Lee, K ; Woosnam-Merchez, O ; Frere, C ; Banks, PB ; Dique, D ; Hodgkison, S ; Carrick, H ; Carter, D ; Smith, P ; Carrick, F
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, The, 2011, Vol.117, p.309-334

Breeding dynamics of koalas in open woodlands
Ellis, W. A ; Hale, P. T ; Carrick, F
Wildlife Research, 2002, Vol.29(1), p.19-25

Lee, A.K. & Carrick, F.N. The Phascolarctidae. Chapter 31 Dyne, G.R. & Walton, D.W. Eds. Fauna of Australia: Mammalia Volume 1B 740-754 1989 Australian Government Publishing Service Canberra

Funding

I was successful in obtaining my first ARGC grant in 1974 (whilst still a PhD student) and have continued to be successful in obtaining national competitive grant funding, government and industry funding, as well as, to a lesser extent, international funding to support my research projects.