Bird malaria in the Torres Strait
Lee brings with her a degree in veterinary science. Her honours project investigated the roosting preference of Grey Headed Flying Foxes in NSW however after university her interests drew her back to her primary passion for birds which resulted in her working in an avian and exotic pet veterinary clinic. During her time as a veterinary clinician she earned a membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists through examination in Avian Health. Lee was also an active participant at the Association of Avian Veterinarians - Australasian Committee's annual conferences, regularly co-writing and presenting case reports throughout her career in an effort to promote avian medicine and surgery with her peers.
Lee has since returned to study and has undertaken a PhD project supervised by Drs Rohan Clarke and Anders Goncalves da Silva investigating bird malaria in Torres Strait. She aims to use and build on her veterinary experience to improve the understanding of how bird malaria affects wild birds and how this and other insect-borne diseases spread in bird populations.
Gabor M, Gabor LR, Peacock L, Srivastava M, Rosenwax A and Phalen DN. 2013. Psittacid Herpes Virus 3 Infection in the Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) in Australia. Veterinary Pathology Online.
Hartigan A, Peacock L, Rosenwax A, Slapeta J and Phalen DN. 2012. Emerging myxosporean parasites of Australian frogs take a ride with fresh fruit transport. Parasites and Vectors 5.