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If you're based around eastern Australia you can volunteer to assist us with exciting fieldwork with frogs and/or bats! See links for more details!​

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12 May 2020

Social and traditional media in Australia has seen an increase in myths and fears that flying foxes may be carrying or spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Dr Alison Peel has gone on record in several interviews as well as co-authoring an article for The Conv...

2 Apr 2020

TERN (tern.org.au) have published a spotlight piece on the Environmental Futures Research Institute, featuring Dr Alison's Peel's research on the dynamics and drivers of infectious disease in bats.

Check out the article here: https://www.tern.org.au/centre-spotlight-environmental-...

26 Jan 2020

Dr. Laura Grogan was invited to speak at a symposium on "Amphibian Disease Susceptibility in a Changing World" at the World Congress of Herpetology in Dunedin, New Zealand. She presented her work on "Tolerance and resistance in defence against amphibian chytridiomycosis".

The symp...

19 Dec 2019

Project Title: Within-and between year variability in flying fox pup births and survival

Supervisor: Dr Alison Peel


Project: Frugivorous bats play an important role in the maintenance and rejuvenation of forests through pollination and long-distance dispersal of seeds. Widespread...

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We're looking for enthusiastic prospective PhD, Honours and 3922ESC Special Research Project students. Projects are potentially available to start in all trimesters. See the Opportunities page for more details!

Recent publications​​

  • Claytor, S. C., Gummer, J., Grogan L., Skerratt, L., Webb, R., Brannelly, L., Berger, L., Roberts, A. (Early view) Susceptibility of frogs to chytridiomycosis correlates with increased levels of immunomodulatory serotonin in the skin. Cellular Microbiology https://doi.org/10.1111/cmi.13089 (IF 4.410) (link).

  • Sokolow, S.H., Nova, N., Pepin, K.M., Peel, A.J., Pulliam, J.R.C., Manlove, K., Cross, P.C., Becker, D.J., Plowright, R.K., McCallum, H., De Leo, G.A. (2019) Ecological interventions to prevent and manage zoonotic pathogen spillover. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences. 374: 20180342.

  • Lunn, T.J., Restif, O., Peel, A.J., Munster, V.J., de Wit, E., Sokolow, S., van Doremalen, N., Hudson, P., McCallum, H. (2019) Dose –response and transmission: the nexus between reservoir hosts, environment and recipient hosts. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences. 374: 20190016


  • Glennon, E.E., Becker, D.J., Peel, A.J., Garnier, R., Suu-Ire R.D., Gibson, L., Hayman, D.T.S., Wood, J.L.N., Cunningham, A.A., Plowright, R.K., and Restif, O. (2019) What is stirring in the reservoir? Modelling mechanisms of henipavirus circulation in fruit bat hosts. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences. 374: 20190021


  • Plowright, R.K., Becker D.J., McCallum, H., Manlove, K.R. (2019) Sampling to elucidate the dynamics of infections in reservoir hosts. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences. 374: 20180336

  • Martin, L. B., Addison, B., Bean, A. G. D., Buchanan, K. L., Crino, O. L., Eastwood, J. R., Flies, A. S., Hamede, R., Hill, G. E., Klaassen, M., Koch, R. E., Martens, J. M., Napolitano, C., Narayan, E. J., Peacock, L., Peel, A. J., Peters, A., Raven, N., Risely, A., Roast, M. J., Rollins, L. A., Ruiz-Aravena, M., Selechnik, D., Stokes, H. S., Ujvari, B., Grogan, L. F. (2018) Extreme competence: keystone hosts of infections. Trends in Ecology and Evolution (IF 15.938) Online early (link).

  • Grogan, L. F., Robert, J., Berger, L., Skerratt, L. F., Scheele, B. C., Castley, J. G., Newell, D. A., McCallum, H. I. (2018) Review of the amphibian immune response to chytridiomycosis, and future directions. Frontiers in Immunology. 9:2536, doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.02536 (link).

  • Lavery, T. H., A. R. Pople, and H. I. McCallum. 2018. Going the distance on kangaroos and water: A review and test of artificial water point closures in Australia. Journal of Arid Environments 151:31-40.


  • Faust, C. L., H. I. McCallum, L. S. P. Bloomfield, N. L. Gottdenker, T. R. Gillespie, C. J. Torney, A. P. Dobson, and R. K. Plowright. 2018. Pathogen spillover during land conversion. Ecology Letters 21:471-483.

  • Margres, M. J., M. E. Jones, B. Epstein, D. H. Kerlin, S. Comte, S. Fox, A. K. Fraik, S. A. Hendricks, S. Huxtable, S. Lachish, B. Lazenby, S. M. O'Rourke, A. R. Stahlke, C. G. Wiench, R. Hamede, B. Schönfeld, H. McCallum, M. R. Miller, P. A. Hohenlohe, and A. Storfer. 2018. Large-effect loci affect survival in Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) infected with a transmissible cancer. Molecular Ecology doi:10.1111/mec.14853


  • Storfer, A., P. A. Hohenlohe, M. J. Margres, A. Patton, A. K. Fraik, M. Lawrance, L. E. Ricci, A. R. Stahlke, H. I. McCallum, and M. E. Jones. 2018. The devil is in the details: Genomics of transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils. PLoS Pathogens 14:e1007098.


  • Wells, K., D. I. Gibson, N. J. Clark, A. Ribas, S. Morand, and H. I. McCallum. 2018. Global spread of helminth parasites at the human–domestic animal–wildlife interface. Global Change Biology 24:3254-3265.

  • Kessler, M. K., Becker, D. J., Peel, A. J., Justice, N. V., Lunn, T., Crowley, D. E., Jones, D.N., Eby, P., Sánchez, C.A., Plowright, R.K. (2018). Changing resource landscapes and spillover of henipaviruses. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 112, 91. (link)


  • Giles, J. R., Peel, A. J., Wells, K., Plowright, R. K., McCallum, H., & Restif, O. (2018, August 28). Optimizing non-invasive sampling of an infectious bat virus. bioRxiv. (link) 


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