McCallum and Peel among international team given $2.1 million grant to study bat disease

More flying foxes are colonising urban areas, leading to a cascade of negative events, including poor health of bats, nuisance to human communities and Hendra virus spillover to horses. An international team of researchers has been awarded a $2.1 million US National Science Foundation grant to study how humans are contributing to emerging infectious diseases passing from animals to people. Their research focuses on Hendra virus and flying fox ecology in Australia as a model system for other bat-borne viruses in other parts of the world. The NSF grant will allow the team, involving researchers from three continents, 10 academic institutions and a non-profit organisation, to study how environm

Our new PhD student – Tamika Lunn, working on Hendra virus!

We would like to enthusiastically welcome Tamika Lunn as a new PhD student to our team! Tamika will be working on Henda virus. Read her story below! Tamika Lunn “I didn’t grow up dreaming of working with animals, or at least, not in the traditional sense. My early career ambition was to be a Pokémon master.” “My eventual path to ecology was fairly fortuitous. I grew up in a small industrial port city on the north-west coast of Tasmania, where the main industries were forestry and heavy manufacturing. I’d accredit my initial interests in animals and the wilderness to subconscious influences from my favourite TV shows and books: Blinky Bill, the Ferals, Possum Magic and Wombat Stew. I focussed

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