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Regi Broeren

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Regi Broeren

PhD Candidate

Life Science Building , Sandy Bay Campus

A new disease in disguise: ecology and epidemiology of the second transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils (DFT2)

Supervisors: Dr Rodrigo Hamede, Dr Scott Carver, Assoc Prof Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra

My study will define the characteristics of the 2nd transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils, reveal how epidemic processes interact with devil/tumour evolution, and identify the adaptive capability of devils against both cancers. Findings will help to evaluate if management interventions are required, or if devil populations can co-exist with transmissible cancers. Additionally, this top predator plays a pivotal ecological role, therefore research that aids its recovery provides ecosystem stability. Emerging infectious diseases are considered significant threats to biodiversity globally, making the outcomes of this study directly applicable and beneficial to other wildlife disease management.

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Fields of Research

  • Host-parasite interactions (310407)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)

Research Objectives

  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments (180602)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$13,525

Projects

A new disease in disguise: ecology and epidemiology of the second transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils (DFT2) (2020 - 2021)$13,525
Description
Applied research. Evaluating epidemiological data and biological samples to determine effects of a new transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($13,525)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK; Carver SS; Broeren R
Period
2020 - 2021