The Research Award aims to support veterinary/biology/ecology projects investigating aspects of health and disease in Australasian wildlife. A research stipend of up to $2000 is awarded annually, to a member of WDA-A Section.
The Applicant will be awarded on the understanding that funds will be used to meet the running costs of a project and not for salaries or major equipment.
A panel of 4 WDA-A members will review the applications and choose the successful applicant. Closing date for the WDA-A Research Award applications generally is the end of March with the award made in April/early May.
Award holders will be expected to present their findings at an annual conference of the Australasian Section of the Wildlife Disease Association and to acknowledge the Section Research Fund in any presentations or publications.
Closing date for the 2021 WDA-A Research Award is the 20th May 2021. Find out more below under How to Apply.
Winners of the 2020 Research Award
Due to our commitment to supporting our members and their research, particularly in this uncertain time, it was decided to award grants of $2000 to four applicants this year. The successful applicants and projects are:
Brett Gardner, MVSc candidate at Melbourne University - 'Mycoplasma and Brucella as potential aetiological agents of abortion in Australian fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferos) in Victoria'.
Fiona Knox, Resident in wildlife population health at Murdoch University - ‘Disease surveillance project for Dirk Hartog Island’.
Thais Sasso Lopez, PhD candidate at Griffith University - ‘Exploring the role of skin microbiota of the endangered Mixophyes fleayi as a potential defense against Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis’.
Berta Blanch, PhD candidate from Deakin University - ‘Uncovering beak and feather disease virus persistence in tissues and the immune system’s response'.