Staff and students in the Conservation Medicine Program undertake research projects on threatened wildlife species throughout Australia and around the world. Long-term research projects:

The research undertaken by postgraduate research students, under supervision of staff in the Conservation Medicine Program, is listed below:

Student Name Project Title Date Completed Degrees Awarded
Mark Bennett

Western barred bandicoots in health and disease

Doctor of Philosophy
Gillian Bryant

The southwest carpet python (Morelia spilota imbricata): Thermal biology, conservation and mesopredator release response in a threatened snake species in coastal woodland and jarrah forest of southwest Western Australia

Doctor of Philosophy
Judy Clarke Translocation outcomes for the Western Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) in the presence of the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula): Health, survivorship and habitat use
Doctor of Philosophy
Verne Dove Health and environmental risk assessment of river dolphin populations in Cambodia Ongoing Doctor of Philosophy
Gabriella Flacke The Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) ex situ Population – Mortality, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Reproductive Health, Husbandry and Welfare Ongoing Doctor of Philosophy
Helen Grimm The threatened Western Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) and the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula): Aspects of ecology and health in the Geographe region of the southern Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia
Doctor of Philosophy
Christine Groom Roost site fidelity and resource use by Carnaby's cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) on the Swan Coastal Plain
Doctor of Philosophy

Bethany Jackson

Health and disease in Red-crowned Parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) on Tiritiri Matangi Island; causes of feather loss and implications for conservation managers


Doctor of Philosophy

Alisa Kubala

Health and Conservation of Eastern Gorillas: A One-Health Study of Blood-Borne Parasites and Retroviral Infections


Doctor of Philosophy

Anna Le Souef Life history and clinical presentation as prognostic indicators for the successful rehabilitation of black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus spp.) 2013 Doctor of Philosophy
James Macgregor Development of a framework to assess the health of wild platypus populations. 2015 Doctor of Philosophy
Carlo Pacioni

The population and epidemiological dynamics associated with recent decline of woylies (Bettongia penicillata) in Australia

2011 Doctor of Philosophy
Jarunee Siengsanan-Lamont Epidemiological study and risk assessments of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 in free flying birds in Thailand 2010 Doctor of Philosophy

Kim Skogvold

Health investigation of woylies (Bettongia penicillata) in Western Australia


Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science

Supaphen Sripiboon The study of EEHV infection in Asian elephants in Thailand Ongoing Doctor of Philosophy
Sabrina Trocini Health and Hatching Success of Loggerhead Sea Turtles 2013 Doctor of Philosophy
Rebecca Vaughan Health and disease status of Australia’s most critically endangered mammal, the Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) 2009 Doctor of Philosophy
Lucy Woolford Papillomatosis and carcinomatosis in the Western Barred Bandicoot (Perameles bougainville) 2009 Doctor of Philosophy