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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 symposium hosted talks from a number of fellow amphibian researchers including Jamie Voyles, Jessica Hua, Cherie Briggs, Michel Ohmer, Guilherme Becker, and Ben Scheele.

PhD student Thais Sasso Lopes...

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 land clearance throughout the east coast of Australia has seen the loss of up to 75 per cent of the once contiguous forest cover in Queensland and New South Wales, resulting in extensive loss of critical habitat and food...

6 Nov 2019

The McCallum Lab Team is very proud to congratulate Research Fellow Dr. Laura Grogan on her momentous achievement at being awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)!

 Pictured: Dr. Laura Grogran (left) and Griffith Vice Chancellor Prof. Carolyn Evans.

Laura has been awarded $426,742 to undertake the project "Understanding infection tolerance to improve management of wildlife disease."

"My project aims to investigate tolerance (the abilit...

10 Sep 2019

Within host-parasite communities, viral co-circulation and co-infections of hosts are the norm, yet studies of significant emerging zoonoses tend to focus on a single parasite species within the host.

In our new, open access paper in Emerging Microbes and Infections, we tested urine samples collected from underneath flying fox roosts for a range of different paramyxoviruses known to exist within Australian flying foxes. By examining evidence for synchrony in virus shedding over time and space and...

5 Aug 2019

Tamika Lunn has been awarded a prestigious Endeavour Fellowship to work with bat collaborator, Dr Olivier Restif, on mathematical models of flying-fox community structure and Hendra virus dynamics.

Tamika was one of only four Australians to be awarded a 2019 Endeavour Postgraduate Leadership Award. As part of her fellowship, Tamika will be spending nine months at the University of Cambridge, learning and applying state-of-the-art quantitative skills to her complex datasets of flying-fox ecology a...

29 Jul 2019

PhD student in our team, Tamika Lunn, was invited to speak at a symposium on integrating disease surveillance and bat conservation, at the International Bat Research Conference (IBRC).

The symposium “Win-win solutions for emerging infectious disease surveillance and bat conservation” brought together research and experiences on a diverse range of systems, and hosted talks from a number of fellow bat researchers including Dr. Kevin Olival, Dr. Kendra Phelps and Dr. Jonathan Epstein from EcoHealth...

9 Jul 2019

Congratulations to Professor Hamish McCallum for receiving the Research Leadership Award at last night's Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Awards for 2019!

24 Jun 2019

Congratulations to Tamika Lunn for being awarded two grants this June - a Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment from the Ecological Society of Australia, and a Research Award from the Wildlife Disease Association Australasian Section!

Tamika is investigating the interactions between reproductive hormones, immune function, and disease susceptibility in gestating flying-foxes (Pteropus spp.), bat species recently linked to a number of paramyxoviruses, including Hendra virus in South Eastern Austral...

29 Mar 2019

Congratulations to Thais Sasso Lopes for being awarded the 2019 Ric Nattrass Research Grant from QLD frog society!

Thais plans to use the funds to cover eDNA analysis for her amphibian chytridiomycosis study investigating community and landscape-level drivers of population recovery of Fleay's barred frog (Mixophyes fleayi). She will combine an occupancy survey and modelling approach with environmental DNA sampling.

29 Jan 2019

Our synthesis on the sources of heterogeneity underlying extremely competent hosts (superspreaders etc.) is now online early in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (Impact Factor 15.938)! The paper was developed during a 2-day workshop on extreme competence held at Deakin University early 2018, that Drs. Laura Grogan and Alison Peel from our team attended. 

Citation and link:

Lynn B. Martin, BriAnne Addison, Andrew G.D. Bean, Katherine L. Buchanan, Ondi L. Crino, Justin R. Eastwood, Andrew S...

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