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 Conversation in which she dispels myths and explains why flying foxes are a crucial species in the Australian landscape.

Read the stories:

  1. Yes, bats have lots of viruses, but the spill over to humans is because of humans;...

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-futures-research-institute/

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...