BSc Zoology, BSc (Hons) Marine Parasitology, PhD Zoology/Parasitology
Di is a parasitologist with expertise in the parasites of wildlife: fish, sharks, terrestrial and sea snakes, crocodiles, freshwater and marine turtles, lizards, and amphibians. She has more than 20 years experience in the identification and description of parasites, particularly helminths and pentastomes. In addition, she is interested in the ecology of parasites and the effects parasites have on the ecology of their hosts.
Prior to joining CSU, Di worked in Fisheries Research for the Northern Territory Government looking at the use of parasites for identification of stocks of various fish and shark species across northern Australia.
Di is currently working on projects involving offshore and inshore commercial fish species, hammerhead sharks, tiger snakes, cormorants and freshwater fish.
Di is co-ordinator for Parasitology.
Di is also teaching into Introduction to Animal Science and Introduction to Microbiology and Parasitology.
General Research Interests
Parasite taxonomy and systematics
Transmission patterns and ecology of parasites
Current Research Projects
Distribution and characterisation of pentastomes in Australian reptiles
Taxonomy and systematics of various helminth parasites of fish and sharks
Identification of stocks of hammerhead sharks in Australian waters
Characterisation of the helminth fauna of freshwater fish of the Murray-Darling River
Australian Society of Parasitology
Australian Herpetological Society
Oceania Chondrichthyan Society
American Society for Parasitologists
The Helminthological Society of Washington