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Rodrigo Hamede

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Rodrigo Hamede

Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology

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Dr Hamede completed his PhD on the ecology and epidemiology of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) in August 2012. He has worked on a number of behavioural, life history, epidemiological and evolutionary problems caused by DFTD throughout Tasmania. Using longitudinal data sets and a multidisciplinary framework he has assessed the impacts of this disease and developed models to predict epidemiological outcomes and evolutionary dynamics between devils and DFTD across wild populations. Dr Hamede specialises in disease ecology and epidemiology, but he is often involved in collaborations with researchers from a broad range of disciplines including, genomics, immunology, veterinary medicine, cancer biology, mathematical modelling and evolutionary biology. In 2018 he became hub leader for the International Associated Laboratory CANECEV, aimed at studying the role of cancer in ecological and evolutionary processes. This integrative framework can be used for improving the management of cancers in wildlife and other emerging infectious diseases, providing novel insights for the conservation of species affected by disease threats.

  • International Associated Laboratory for Cancer Ecology and Evolution – CANECEV

https://www.utas.edu.au/news/2018/5/17/609-joining-forces-to-fight-cancer/

https://canecev.org/

Biography

Dr Hamede grew up in Santiago, Chile's capital city. He studied Spanish and Linguistics in Chile and completed his Bachelor of Arts in 1996. However, his real passion has always been wildlife ecology and conservation. After a year living in Kenya, where Rodrigo gorged himself with mammal and bird watching, he decided to travel to Tasmania for three months, with the hope of seeing a wild Tasmanian devil and the famous cool temperate rainforests of Tasmania, which resemble the ones in his beloved Patagonia. In 2003 Rodrigo completed Bachelor of Science at UTas, majoring in zoology and environmental studies. Following that he completed his Honours research project on devil social behaviour in 2004. After a year working with migratory birds for an environmental consultant, he decided to go back to mammals and took a PhD scholarship to study the ecology and epidemiology of DFTD. He has been working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UTAS since 2013. In 2017, he has awarded the prestigious ARC - DECRA fellowship.

Rodrigo has broadened his research scope through the recently created International Associated Laboratory (LIA) to study the roles of cancer in ecology and evolution (CANECEV), in conjunction with the National Centre for Scientific Research and University of Montpellier – France, Deakin University, and UTas – Australia. This new international laboratory is dedicated to studying ambitious questions in relation to the significance of cancer on ecosystem function, wildlife health and evolutionary biology. Rodrigo is also collaborating with researchers from Chile to understand the transmission of pathogens between domestic animals, wildlife and humans.

Rodrigo has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. Since his appointment as a postdoctoral researcher at UTas in 2013 he has successfully attracted numerous grants (see Funding section). Funding sources include the Australian Research Council, The French National Agency of Research, Ian Potter Foundation, The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Trust, as well as internal UTas funding schemes.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryDate of award
PhDThe Ecology and Epidemiology of Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour DiseaseUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2012
BSc (1st Class Hons)Seasonal, Demographic and Density-Related Patterns of Contact Between Tasmanian Devils: Implications for Transmission of Devil Facial Tumour DiseaseUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2004
BA (Hons)Traductor e Intérprete Simultáneo y ConsecutivoEATRIChile1996

Languages (other than English)

Spanish

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Mammal Society
  • Wildlife Disease Association
  • British Ecological Society
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • International Society for Conservation Biology

Other

International Associated Laboratory, CANECEV

Administrative expertise

Dr Hamede has significant experience in administrating research projects, starting from his own projects (BSc Hons, PhD) through the postgraduate projects of the students he has supervised and is currently supervising at the School of Natural Sciences.

Teaching

Conservation Biology, Wildlife Diseases, Animal Behaviour, Behavioural Ecology and Evolution, Epidemiology

Teaching expertise

Course coordinator and Lecturer, School of Natural Sciences, Biodiversity Conservation (KPZ 308 & KPZ 722)

Teaching responsibility

  • KPZ 308 – Biodiversity Conservation
  • KPZ 722 – Advanced Biodiversity Conservation

Research Appointments

  • Hub Leader, International Associated Laboratory for Cancer Ecology and Evolution
  • Council Member of the Australian Mammal Society
  • Editorial board member for the Australian Ecological Society

Research Invitations

Dr Hamede has been invited as a guest speaker to several prestigious institutions including the University of Cambridge – Department of Pathology, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University of Oxford – Edward Grey Institute and Wildlife Conservation Research Unit and University of Minnesota – Department of Veterinary Population Medicine.

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Expertise

Tasmania has easy access to wilderness areas, pristine marine environments and a rich diversity of ecosystems; it is therefore a wonderful place to work with native wildlife. Fortunately, our endemic mammals have had better luck than their mainland cousins (no dingoes or established fox populations in Tasmania), and although some species have suffered sudden population declines, Tasmania is one of the best places in the world to study mammals and their role in ecosystems. While most of Rodrigo's work is related to Tasmanian devils and DFTD, he collaborates with research projects with wombats, eastern and spotted tail quolls, brush-tailed possums, bettongs, antechinus etc. UTas School of Natural Sciences and particularly the department of Zoology have a strong background and emphasis in mammalian conservation, behavioural and evolutionary ecology of mammals. Dr Hamede's particular areas of expertise are: wildlife diseases, epidemiology, conservation biology, behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology.

Research Themes

Infectious diseases are an important part of ecosystems, and their dynamics and effects on wild populations are an essential part of ecosystem adaptability and evolution. Wildlife diseases are also increasingly being recognised as a significant problem in conservation biology. Understanding the interaction between host and pathogens from an ecological, epidemiological and evolutionary perspective is therefore, a vital step for assessing the effect of infectious diseases at individual, population and ecosystem levels. Dr Hamede is interested in most areas of disease ecology, particularly in behavioural adaptations and evolutionary processes between host and pathogens as well as using social networks to understand the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. As an emerging disease, DFTD is a unique host-pathogen system that allows studying the epidemiology, impact and evolutionary dynamics of a species exposed to a new pathogen. Rodrigo’s research interests also include studying host-pathogen interactions and pathogen transmission between domestic animals, wildlife and humans and the resulting implications for wildlife conservation and human health.

Collaboration

Rodrigo has several research collaborations projects underway both in Australia and overseas, primarily aimed at understanding selective processes in Tasmanian devils and DFTD and their consequences for understanding and managing cancer in the wild. These are outlined below.

  • Transmission dynamics across DFTD lineages, UTas, Cambridge University.
  • Ecology and evolution of transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils and marine bivalves. UTAS, Deakin University, Centre for Research in Cancer Ecology and Evolution, MIVEGEC – CNRS, France.
  • Immune dynamics in wild and captive Tasmanian devils. UTas, Deakin University, CNRS – France, Save the Tasmanian devil Program, DPIPWE & Zoos Victoria.
  • Evolution of immune evasion mechanisms in DFTD and DFT2. UTas, Southampton University, UK.
  • Transmissible cancers and the evolution of sex. CNRS, France, Deakin University, UTas.
  • Emergence, Transmission and Evolution of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease. UTas, Washington State University, University of Idaho, Griffiths University, Sanger Institute, UK.

Awards

  • 2019: UTas Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award.
  • 2019-2022: Agence National de la Recherche, France. Ecology and Evolution of Transmissible cancers. Thomas, F., Ujvari, B. & Hamede, R. $876,889
  • 2018 - 2021: Australian Research Council – Linkage Project. Hamede, R. Will natural selection save the Tasmanian devil from extinction? $405,000
  • 2018-2021: Chilean National Commission for Research, Science and Technology. Acosta, G., Verdugo, C. & Hamede, R. Biodiversity of bacterial metacommunities in ticks: Understanding the interaction of hosts and environment at the wildlife/domestic interface. $378,393
  • 2018: Deakin University, Vice Chancellor’s Award, International Research Collaboration. Ujvari, B., Thomas, F., Hamede, R. Schulz, A., Beckman, C. & Biro, P
  • 2017 - 2020: Australian Research Council – Discovery Early Career Research Award. Hamede, R. Living with cancer: adaptations in Tasmanian facial tumour disease. $370,159
  • 2016: Eric Guiler Tasmanian devil Research Grant. Hamede, R. Distribution, prevalence and epidemiology of DFTD and DFT2 in southern Tasmania. $33,130
  • 2016: Eric Guiler Tasmanian devil Research Grant. Ujvari, B. and Hamede, R. Nature’s solution, do immunoglobulins fight cancer in Tasmanian devils? $33,264.
  • 2016: Holsworth Research Endowment for David Hamilton. PI-CIs Hamede, R., Cameron, E. and Jones, M. Social networks, behaviour and transmission of facial tumour disease in the Tasmanian devil. $7,400
  • 2015: Eric Guiler Tasmanian devil Research Grant. Metabolomics for Tasmanian devils: DFTD biomarkers discovery, Shellie, R., Karu, N. & Hamede, R. Jones, M. $33,000.
  • 2014: Research Enhancement Grant Scheme. Understanding ecological processes and selective mechanisms involved in tolerance to Tasmania devil facial tumour disease. Hamede, R.University of Tasmania, $14,500.

Current projects

Rodrigo has several research collaborations projects underway both in Australia and overseas, these are outlined below.

  • Understanding the effect of land use changes on marsupial carnivore health and range
  • Immune genotyping across wild and captive Tasmanian devil populations
  • Linking spatial movements and social contacts to understand transmission of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease
  • Learning to live with cancer: Local adaptations to transmissible tumours in Tasmanian devils
  • Roles of cancer in ecology and evolution
  • Ecology and evolution of transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils and marine bivalves.
  • Transmissible cancer and the evolution of sex
  • Emergence, Transmission and Evolution of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease.
  • Transmission dynamics across DFTD lineages
  • Biodiversity of parasites infecting two tick species parasitizing mammals at varying degree of contact with wildlife and domestic animals in a semiarid area of Chile

Fields of Research

  • Behavioural ecology (310301)
  • Host-parasite interactions (310407)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)

Research Objectives

  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments (180602)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Other environmental management (189999)

Publications

Dr Hamede has published findings of his work in several internationally recognised journals, including: Ecology Letters, Nature Communications, PNAS, PLos Biology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Conservation Biology, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London and others. He has also presented his research on national and international stages i.e. International Society for Cancer Ecology and Evolution (2019), International Society for Evolution (2018), Ecological Society of Australia (2019), International Society for Conservation Biology (2018) Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (2015) International Mammalogy Congress (UK 2013) and others. The full list of Rodrigo's publications is available below.

Total publications

55

Highlighted publications

(9 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2017Journal ArticleHamede RK, Beeton NJ, Carver S, Jones ME, 'Untangling the model muddle: Empirical tumour growth in Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease', Scientific Reports, 7 Article 6217. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-06166-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Beeton NJ; Carver S; Jones ME

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2017Journal ArticleWells K, Hamede RK, Kerlin DH, Storfer A, Hohenlohe PA, et al., 'Infection of the fittest: devil facial tumour disease has greatest effect on individuals with highest reproductive output', Ecology Letters, 20, (6) pp. 770-778. ISSN 1461-0248 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ele.12776 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Jones ME

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2016Journal ArticleEpstein B, Jones M, Hamede R, Hendricks S, McCallum H, et al., 'Rapid evolutionary response to a transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils', Nature Communications, 7 Article 12684. ISSN 2041-1723 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12684 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 84Web of Science - 88

Co-authors: Jones M; Schonfeld B

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2015Journal ArticleHamede RK, Pearse A-M, Swift K, Barmuta LA, Murchison EP, et al., 'Transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils: localized lineage replacement and host population response', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282, (1814) Article 20151468. ISSN 0962-8452 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1468 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Barmuta LA; Jones ME

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2013Journal ArticleHamede RK, McCallum HI, Jones M, 'Biting injuries and transmission of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease', Journal of Animal Ecology, 82, (1) pp. 182-190. ISSN 0021-8790 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.02025.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 81Web of Science - 78

Co-authors: McCallum HI; Jones M

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2013Journal ArticleSiddle HV, Kreiss A, Tovar C, Yuen CK, Cheng Y, et al., 'Reversible epigenetic down-regulation of MHC molecules by devil facial tumour disease illustrates immune escape by a contagious cancer', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110, (13) pp. 5103-5108. ISSN 0027-8424 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1219920110 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 124Web of Science - 124

Co-authors: Kreiss A; Tovar C; Jones ME; Woods GM

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2012Journal ArticleHamede R, Bashford J, Jones M, McCallum H, 'Simulating devil facial tumour disease outbreaks across empirically derived contact networks', Journal of Applied Ecology, 49, (2) pp. 447-456. ISSN 0021-8901 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02103.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 32

Co-authors: Bashford J; Jones M

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2012Journal ArticleHamede R, Lachish S, Belov K, Woods G, Kreiss A, et al., 'Reduced effect of Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease at the disease front', Conservation Biology, 26, (1) pp. 124-134. ISSN 0888-8892 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01747.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 47Web of Science - 50

Co-authors: Lachish S; Woods G; Kreiss A; Jones M; McCallum H

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2009Journal ArticleHamede Ross RK, Bashford JD, McCallum HI, Jones Menna, 'Contact networks in a wild Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) population: using social network analysis to reveal seasonal variability in social behaviour and its implications for transmission of devil facial tumour disease', Ecology Letters, 12, (11) pp. 1147-1157. ISSN 1461-023X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01370.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 211Web of Science - 202

Co-authors: Bashford JD; McCallum HI; Jones Menna

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2020Bell O, Jones ME, Ruiz Aravena M, Hamede RK, Bearhop S, et al., 'Age-related variation in the trophic characteristics of a marsupial carnivore, the Tasmanian devil Sarcophilus harrisii', Ecology and Evolution, 10 pp. 7861-7871. ISSN 2045-7758 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6513 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jones ME; Ruiz Aravena M

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2020Comte S, Carver S, Hamede R, Jones Menna, 'Changes in spatial organization following an acute epizootic: Tasmanian devils and their transmissible cancer', Global Ecology and Conservation, 22 Article e00993. ISSN 2351-9894 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e00993 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Comte S; Carver S; Jones Menna

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2020Fraik AK, Margres MJ, Epstein B, Barbosa S, Jones Menna, et al., 'Disease swamps molecular signatures of genetic-environmental associations to abiotic factors in Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) populations', Evolution: International Journal of Organic Evolution, 74, (7) pp. 1392-1408. ISSN 0014-3820 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/evo.14023 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Jones Menna; Schonfeld B

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2020Hamede R, Madsen T, McCallum H, Storfer A, Hohenlohe PA, et al., 'Darwin, the devil, and the management of transmissible cancers', Conservation Biology pp. 1-4. ISSN 0888-8892 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13644 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jones ME

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2020Kozakiewicz CP, Ricci L, Patton AH, Stahlke AR, Hendricks SA, et al., 'Comparative landscape genetics reveals differential effects of environment on host and pathogen genetic structure in Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) and their transmissible tumour', Molecular Ecology, 29 pp. 3217-3233. ISSN 0962-1083 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/mec.15558 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Ruiz Aravena M; Hamilton DG; Jones ME

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2020Margres MJ, Ruiz Aravena M, Hamede R, Chawla K, Patton AH, et al., 'Spontaneous tumor regression in Tasmanian devils associated with RASL11A activation', Genetics, 215, (4) pp. 1143-1152. ISSN 1943-2631 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1534/genetics.120.303428 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Ruiz Aravena M; Jones ME

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2020Patton AH, Lawrance MF, Margres MJ, Kozakiewicz CP, Hamede R, et al., 'A transmissible cancer shifts from emergence to endemism in Tasmanian devils', Science, 370, (6522) Article eabb9772. ISSN 0036-8075 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1126/science.abb9772 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ruiz Aravena M; Hamilton DG; Comte S; Taylor RL; Jones ME

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2020Smith LE, Jones ME, Hamede R, Risques R, Patton AH, et al., 'Telomere length is a susceptibility marker for Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease', EcoHealth, 17 pp. 280-291. ISSN 1612-9202 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10393-020-01491-y [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jones ME

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2019Fraik AK, Quackenbush C, Margres MJ, Comte S, Hamilton DG, et al., 'Transcriptomics of Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) ear tissue reveals homogeneous gene expression patterns across a heterogeneous landscape', Genes, 10, (10) Article 801. ISSN 2073-4425 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/genes10100801 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Comte S; Hamilton DG; Jones ME

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2019Hamilton DG, Jones ME, Cameron EZ, McCallum H, Storfer A, et al., 'Rate of intersexual interactions affects injury likelihood in Tasmanian devil contact networks', Behavioral Ecology, 30, (4) pp. 1087-1095. ISSN 1045-2249 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arz054 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Hamilton DG; Jones ME; Cameron EZ

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2019Hohenlohe PA, McCallum HI, Jones ME, Lawrance MF, Hamede RK, et al., 'Conserving adaptive potential: lessons from Tasmanian devils and their transmissible cancer', Conservation Genetics, 20, (1) pp. 81-87. ISSN 1566-0621 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10592-019-01157-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Jones ME

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2019James S, Jennings G, Kwon YM, Stammnitz M, Fraik A, et al., 'Tracing the rise of malignant cell lines: distribution, epidemiology and evolutionary interactions of two transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils', Evolutionary Applications, 12, (9) pp. 1772-1780. ISSN 1752-4571 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/eva.12831 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: James S; Jennings G; Comte S; Pye R; Woods G; Lyons B; Jones M

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2019Martin LB, Addison B, Bean AGD, Buchanan KL, Crino OL, et al., 'Extreme competence: keystone hosts of infections', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 34, (4) pp. 303-314. ISSN 0169-5347 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.12.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Flies AS; Ruiz Aravena M

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2019Patton AH, Margres MJ, Stahlke AR, Hendricks S, Lewallen K, et al., 'Contemporary demographic reconstruction methods are robust to genome assembly quality: a case study in Tasmanian devils', Molecular Biology and Evolution, 36, (12) pp. 2906-2921. ISSN 0737-4038 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msz191 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Jones ME

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2019Wells K, Hamede RK, Jones ME, Hohenlohe PA, Storfer A, et al., 'Individual and temporal variation in pathogen load predicts long-term impacts of an emerging infectious disease', Ecology, 100, (3) Article e02613. ISSN 0012-9658 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2613 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Jones ME

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2018Kwon YM, Stammnitz MR, Wang J, Swift K, Knowles GW, et al., 'Tasman-PCR: A genetic diagnostic assay for Tasmanian devil facial tumour diseases', Royal Society Open Science, 5, (10) Article 180870. ISSN 2054-5703 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180870 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Pye RJ; Kreiss A; Jones ME

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2018Margres MJ, Jones ME, Epstein B, Kerlin DH, Comte S, et al., 'Large-effect loci affect survival in Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) infected with a transmissible cancer', Molecular Ecology, 27, (21) pp. 4189-4199. ISSN 0962-1083 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/mec.14853 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Jones ME; Comte S; Schonfeld B

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2018Margres MJ, Ruiz-Aravena M, Hamede R, Jones ME, Lawrance MF, et al., 'The genomic basis of tumor regression in Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii)', Genome Biology and Evolution, 10, (11) pp. 3012-3025. ISSN 1759-6653 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evy229 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Ruiz-Aravena M; Jones ME

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2018Ruiz-Aravena M, Jones ME, Carver SS, Estay S, Espejo C, et al., 'Sex bias in ability to cope with cancer: Tasmanian devils and facial tumour disease', Proceedings from the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 285, (1891) Article 20182239. ISSN 0962-8452 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.2239 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Ruiz-Aravena M; Jones ME; Carver SS

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2018Russell T, Madsen T, Thomas F, Hamede R, Ujvari B, 'Oncogenesis as a selective force: adaptive evolution in the face of a transmissible cancer', BioEssays, 40, (3) Article 1700146. ISSN 1521-1878 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/bies.201700146 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Ujvari B

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2018Thomas F, Kareva I, Raven N, Hamede R, Pujol P, et al., 'Evolved dependence in response to cancer', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33, (4) pp. 269-276. ISSN 0169-5347 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.01.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Ujvari B

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2018Thomas F, Vavre F, Tissot T, Vittecoq M, Giraudeau M, et al., 'Cancer is not (only) a senescence problem', Trends in Cancer, 4, (3) pp. 169-172. ISSN 2405-8033 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.trecan.2018.01.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

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2018Ujvari B, Klaassen M, Raven N, Russell T, Vittecoq M, et al., 'Genetic diversity, inbreeding and cancer', Proceedings from the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 285, (1878) Article 20172589. ISSN 1471-2954 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2589 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Ujvari B

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2018Woods GM, Fox S, Flies A, Tovar CD, Jones M, et al., 'Two decades of the impact of Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD)', Integrative and Comparative Biology, 58, (6) pp. 1043-1054. ISSN 1540-7063 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/icb/icy118 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Woods GM; Flies A; Tovar CD; Jones M; Lyons AB; Bettiol S

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2017Hamede RK, Beeton NJ, Carver S, Jones ME, 'Untangling the model muddle: Empirical tumour growth in Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease', Scientific Reports, 7 Article 6217. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-06166-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Beeton NJ; Carver S; Jones ME

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2017Hendricks S, Epstein B, Schonfeld B, Wiench C, Hamede R, et al., 'Conservation implications of limited genetic diversity and population structure in Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii)', Conservation Genetics, 18, (4) pp. 977-982. ISSN 1566-0621 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10592-017-0939-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 30

Co-authors: Schonfeld B; Jones M

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2017Karu N, Hamede Ross RK, Wilson RR, 'That Old Devil Called Tasmanian', The Column, 13, (2) pp. 2-5. ISSN 1471-6577 (2017) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Karu N; Wilson RR

2017Thomas F, Jacqueline C, Tissot T, Henard M, Blanchet S, et al., 'The importance of cancer cells for animal evolutionary ecology', Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, (11) pp. 1592-1595. ISSN 2397-334X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0343-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Ujvari B

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2017Wells K, Hamede RK, Kerlin DH, Storfer A, Hohenlohe PA, et al., 'Infection of the fittest: devil facial tumour disease has greatest effect on individuals with highest reproductive output', Ecology Letters, 20, (6) pp. 770-778. ISSN 1461-0248 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ele.12776 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Jones ME

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2017Wright B, Willet CE, Hamede R, Jones M, Belov K, et al., 'Variants in the host genome may inhibit tumour growth in devil facial tumours: evidence from genome-wide association', Scientific Reports, 7 Article 423. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-00439-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Jones M

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2016Epstein B, Jones M, Hamede R, Hendricks S, McCallum H, et al., 'Rapid evolutionary response to a transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils', Nature Communications, 7 Article 12684. ISSN 2041-1723 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12684 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 84Web of Science - 88

Co-authors: Jones M; Schonfeld B

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2016Karu N, Wilson R, Hamede R, Jones M, Woods GM, et al., 'Discovery of biomarkers for Tasmanian devil cancer (DFTD) by metabolic profiling of serum', Journal of Proteome Research, 15, (10) pp. 3827-3840. ISSN 1535-3907 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.6b00629 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Karu N; Wilson R; Jones M; Woods GM; Hilder EF; Shellie RA

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2016Peck S, Corkrey R, Hamede R, Jones M, Canfield P, 'Hematologic and serum biochemical changes associated with Devil Facial Tumor Disease in Tasmanian Devils', Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 45, (3) pp. 417-429. ISSN 0275-6382 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/vcp.12391 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Corkrey R; Jones M

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2016Pye RJ, Hamede R, Siddle HV, Caldwell A, Knowles GW, et al., 'Demonstration of immune responses against devil facial tumour disease in wild Tasmanian devils', Biology Letters, 12, (10) Article 20160553. ISSN 1744-9561 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0553 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 42Web of Science - 43

Co-authors: Pye RJ; Kreiss A; Jones ME; Lyons AB; Woods GM

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2016Ujvari B, Hamede R, Peck S, Pemberton D, Jones M, et al., 'Immunoglubolin dynamics and cancer prevalence in Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii)', Scientific Reports, 6 Article 25093. ISSN 2045-2322 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/srep25093 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Jones M

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2015Hamede RK, Pearse A-M, Swift K, Barmuta LA, Murchison EP, et al., 'Transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils: localized lineage replacement and host population response', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282, (1814) Article 20151468. ISSN 0962-8452 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1468 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Barmuta LA; Jones ME

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2015Peck S, Corkrey R, Hamede R, Jones M, Canfield P, 'Hematologic and serum biochemical reference intervals for wild Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii)', Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 44, (4) pp. 519-529. ISSN 0275-6382 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/vcp.12304 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Corkrey R; Jones M

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2015Wright B, Morris K, Grueber CE, Willet CE, Gooley R, et al., 'Development of a SNP-based assay for measuring genetic diversity in the Tasmanian devil insurance population', BMC Genomics, 16, (791) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1471-2164 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12864-015-2020-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Jones M

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2013Hamede RK, McCallum HI, Jones M, 'Biting injuries and transmission of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease', Journal of Animal Ecology, 82, (1) pp. 182-190. ISSN 0021-8790 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.02025.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 81Web of Science - 78

Co-authors: McCallum HI; Jones M

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2013Siddle HV, Kreiss A, Tovar C, Yuen CK, Cheng Y, et al., 'Reversible epigenetic down-regulation of MHC molecules by devil facial tumour disease illustrates immune escape by a contagious cancer', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110, (13) pp. 5103-5108. ISSN 0027-8424 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1219920110 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 124Web of Science - 124

Co-authors: Kreiss A; Tovar C; Jones ME; Woods GM

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2013Ujvari B, Pearse A-M, Swift K, Hodson P, Hua B, et al., 'Anthropogenic selection enhances cancer evolution in Tasmanian devil tumours', Evolutionary Applications, 7, (2) pp. 260-265. ISSN 1752-4571 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/eva.12117 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Jones M

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2012Hamede R, Bashford J, Jones M, McCallum H, 'Simulating devil facial tumour disease outbreaks across empirically derived contact networks', Journal of Applied Ecology, 49, (2) pp. 447-456. ISSN 0021-8901 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02103.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 32

Co-authors: Bashford J; Jones M

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2012Hamede R, Lachish S, Belov K, Woods G, Kreiss A, et al., 'Reduced effect of Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease at the disease front', Conservation Biology, 26, (1) pp. 124-134. ISSN 0888-8892 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01747.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 47Web of Science - 50

Co-authors: Lachish S; Woods G; Kreiss A; Jones M; McCallum H

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2012Lane A, Cheng Y, Wright B, Hamede R, Levan L, et al., 'New insights into the role of MHC diversity in devil facial tumour disease', PLoS One, 7, (6) Article e36955. ISSN 1932-6203 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036955 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Jones M

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2009Hamede Ross RK, Bashford JD, McCallum HI, Jones Menna, 'Contact networks in a wild Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) population: using social network analysis to reveal seasonal variability in social behaviour and its implications for transmission of devil facial tumour disease', Ecology Letters, 12, (11) pp. 1147-1157. ISSN 1461-023X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01370.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 211Web of Science - 202

Co-authors: Bashford JD; McCallum HI; Jones Menna

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2009McCallum HI, Jones M, Hawkins CE, Hamede Ross RK, Lachish S, et al., 'Transmission dynamics of Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease may lead to disease-induced extinction', Ecology, 90, (12) pp. 3379-3392. ISSN 0012-9658 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/08-1763.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 152Web of Science - 144

Co-authors: McCallum HI; Jones M; Hawkins CE; Lachish S; Sinn DL; Beeton N

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2008Hamede RK, McCallum HI, Jones Menna, 'Seasonal, demographic and density-related patterns of contact between Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii): Implications for transmission of devil facial tumour disease', Austral Ecology, 33, (5) pp. 614-622. ISSN 1442-9985 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2007.01827.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 64Web of Science - 59

Co-authors: McCallum HI; Jones Menna

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2008Jones Menna, Cockburn A, Hamede Ross RK, Hawkins CE, Hesterman H, et al., 'Life-history change in disease-ravaged Tasmanian devil populations', National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings, 105, (29) pp. 10023-10027. ISSN 0027-8424 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0711236105 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 146Web of Science - 135

Co-authors: Jones Menna; Hawkins CE; Hesterman H; Lachish S; McCallum HI

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2007Jones ME, Jarman PJ, Lees CM, Hesterman H, Hamede RK, et al., 'Conservation management of Tasmanian devils in the context of an emerging, extinction-threatening disease: Devil Facial Tumor Disease', EcoHealth, 4, (3) pp. 326-337. ISSN 1612-9202 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10393-007-0120-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 87Web of Science - 74

Co-authors: Jones ME; Hesterman H; McCallum HI

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Chapter in Book

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Hamede R, McCallum H, Jones M, 'Learning to live with cancer: insights from local adaptations in Tasmanian devils and transmissible tumours', Saving the Tasmanian devil: recovery using science-based management, CSIRO Publishing, C Hogg, S Fox, D Pemberton, K Belov (ed), Australia, pp. 93-99. ISBN 9781486307180 (2019) [Other Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1071/9781486307197 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jones M

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2019Jones ME, Hamede R, Storfer A, Hohenlohe P, Murchison EP, et al., 'Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease: ecology and evolution of an uncommon enemy', Wildlife Disease Ecology: Linking Theory to Data and Application, Cambridge University Press, K Wilson, A Fenton, and D Tompkins (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 321-341. ISBN 9781107136564 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Jones ME

2019Jones ME, Hamede RK, Hollings T, McCallum HI, 'Devils and disease in the landscape: the impact of disease on devils in the wild and on the Tasmanian ecosystem', Saving the Tasmanian devil: recovery using science-based management, CSIRO Publishing, C Hogg, S Fox, D Pemberton, L Belov (ed), Australia, pp. 85-100. ISBN 9781486307180 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Jones ME; Hollings T

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2012Jones M, Hamede R, McCallum H, 'The Devil is in the detail: Conservation biology, animal philosophies and the role of animal ethics committees', Science Under Siege: Zoology under Threat, The Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, P Banks, D Lunney and C Dickman (ed), Sydney, Australia, pp. 79-88. ISBN 978-0-9803272-7-4 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.7882/FS.2012.040 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jones M; McCallum H

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Karu N, Patchett AL, Wilson RR, Hamede Ross RK, Jones Menna, et al., 'Application of metabolomics and proteomics for biomarker discovery and development of therapies for the transmissible cancer, Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease', February 2nd-5th 2017, Lorne, VIC, pp. Page 22. (2017) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Karu N; Patchett AL; Wilson RR; Jones Menna; Lyons AB; Woods GM

2016Karu N, Wilson RR, Hamede Ross RK, Jones Menna, Woods GM, et al., 'Discovery of serum biomarkers for Tasmanian Devil cancer (DFTD)', Proceedings of The Australian & New Zealand Metabolomics Conference, 31st March - 1st April, 2016, Melbourne, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Karu N; Wilson RR; Jones Menna; Woods GM; Hilder EF; Shellie RA

Grants & Funding

Rodrigo has won a number of grants through his academic career, these include grants from the Australian Research Council, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment Grant, Dr. Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Grant (on 6 occasions), Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation trust and Research Enhancement Grant Scheme.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

29

Total funding

$4,648,767

Projects

A new disease in disguise: ecology and epidemiology of the second transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils (DFT2) (2020)$6,525
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 ($6,525)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK; Carver SS; Broeren R
Year
2020
Will natural selection save the Tasmanian devil from extinction? (2020)$6,375
Description
This study will evaluate the immune adaptations of devils in response to DFTD and assess if captive insurance populations have the genetic tool-box to combat DFTD. This project will generate fine-scale contemporary data on immunological responses to infection and adaptations to a transmissible cancer. The outputs of the research will be used to ensure that immune and tumour suppressor capabilities are maintained and managed in the insurance populations to enable successful repopulations of depauperate areas of Tasmania.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($6,375)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK; Burridge CP; Nagley S
Year
2020
The effects of plantation forestry operations on Tasmanian devil behaviour and health (2020)$6,375
Description
PhD project: Evie JonesTo identify the distribution and abundance of devils and quolls in forestry plantation landscapes, the effect of these landscapes on individual health, and the fine-scale response of devils to forest harvesting practices. The synthesis of these results will provide a comprehensive understanding of how native Tasmanian carnivores respond to plantation forestry operations at multiple scales large and fine, spatial and longitudinal, providing science-based recommendations to forestry groups to enhance conservation of these carnivores within plantation landscapes.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($6,375)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK; Jones ME; Lyons AB
Year
2020
Linking spatial movements and social contacts to understand the transmission of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease. (2020)$6,750
Description
The aim of this project is to gain a better understanding of the spatial epidemiology of DFTD by investigating how landscape scale movement of Tasmanian devils maps onto the social contacts between individuals leading to disease transmission. Tasmanian devils are threatened by a transmissible cancer known as the devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), which is spread from one host to the next via injurious contact, typically biting. The direct mechanism by which DFTD is transmitted has enabled the construction of contact networks for modelling the spread of disease. Contact networks are designed to analyse social interactions with the aim of elucidating disease parameters and identifying individuals that account for disproportionately high amounts of transmission. Whilst these networks have advanced our understanding of DFTD transmission in relation to variables such as season, sex and age, the influence of individual movement patterns on contact network structure remains unclear.We plan to fit the adult devil population on the Freycinet Peninsula (East Coast Tasmania) with new radio tracking collars that are equipped with both GPS for recording location and proximity loggers that record when devils come into contact with one another. The data collected from these collars in conjunction with disease status, bite wound, and general health data collected during regular trapping activity will allow us to construct spatial contact network models. These models will be used to investigate how devils utilise and move through natural and human modified landscapes, the social structure of wild devil populations, the influence of DFTD on devil behaviour, and how devil movement and contact patterns influence DFTD transmission.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($6,750)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Hamede Ross RK; Cameron EZ; McGee G
Year
2020
Monitoring the spatial spread and population response of a novel transmissible cancer: implications for managing DFT2 in southern Tasmania (2019)$10,000
Description
Applied research. Evaluating epidemiological data and biological samples to determine spread and effects of a new transmissible cancer.
Funding
Donation via University of Tasmania Foundation ($10,000)
Scheme
Donation - Individual
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK
Year
2019
Ecology and Evolution of Transmissible Cancers (2019 - 2021)$876,889
Description
Applied Research. The project aims to investigate what are the origins of transmissible cancers and the drivers for their emergence. Specific emphasis will be given to study their evolutionary and ecological dynamics and suggest how to manage/mitigate their impact.
Funding
French National Research Agency (ANR) ($876,889)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
French National Research Agency (ANR)
Research Team
Thomas F; Hamede Ross RK; Ujvari B
Period
2019 - 2021
Will natural selection save the Tasmanian devil from extinction? (2018 - 2021)$405,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($300,000)
Collaborators
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($60,000); Zoos Victoria ($45,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK
Period
2018 - 2021
Grant Reference
LP170101105
Evaluating epidemiological and population dynamics in response to devil translocations (2018)$20,000
Description
The project will provide essential individual and population based data to evaluate the effects of immunisations and translocations of devils to the wild. The information gathered in this project will be vital for refining future translocations and improving the long-term success of the Wild Devil Recovery Plan.
Funding
University of Tasmania Foundation Inc ($20,000)
Scheme
Donation-Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK; Jones ME
Year
2018
Living with cancer: adaptations in Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease (2017 - 2019)$370,159
Description
The project integrates disease ecology and evolution to understand how defence mechanisms against infectious diseases arise and evolve in nature. Infectious diseases exert strong evolutionary pressures on populations, forcing the development of adaptive strategies to fight the costs of infection. The goal of the project is to determine individual differences in response to infection and how these affect population-scale transmission and evolutionary dynamics under natural and managed scenarios. This innovate approach will reveal the adaptive capability andresilience of populations against diseases and the effects of management interventions in controlling disease outbreaks and preventing population declines or extinctions.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($370,159)
Scheme
Fellowship-Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK
Period
2017 - 2019
Grant Reference
DE170101116
Distribution, prevalence and epidemiology of DFTD and DFT2 on the d Entrecasteaux channel area (2017)$31,130
Description
Two different transmissible cancers (DFTD and DFT2) are present in south-eastern Tasmania. This study will assess the distribution, prevalence, infection dynamics and survival after infection in both cancers. This information will create a baseline dataset for evaluating the threat of DFT2 and its possible interactions and selective processes with DFTD.
Funding
University of Tasmania Foundation Inc ($31,130)
Scheme
Grant-Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Gran
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK; Jones ME; Woods GM; Darby JM
Year
2017
Evaluating the benefits in Tasmanian devils of immune responses to transmissible cancer (2017)$25,000
Description
A one year field and laboratory study to further our work on the evolution of resistance and tolerance in Tasmanian devils to facial tumor disease and to advance knowledge of immunology of devils for vaccine research. This work is a collaboration between the School of Biological Sciences and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research.
Funding
University of Tasmania Foundation Inc ($25,000)
Scheme
Grant-Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Gran
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Hamede Ross RK; Carver SS; Woods GM
Year
2017
Nature's solution, do immunoglobulins fight cancer in Tasmanian devils, Sarcophilus harrisii? (2017)$33,264
Description
The Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), a highly contagious transmissible cancer, has been threatening the survival of the worlds largest extant carnivorous marsupial, the Tasmaniandevil (Sarcophilus harrisii). Despite >10 years of intensive research no treatment or cure has so far been found. In a recent study we demonstrated that the devils immune system may have a natural solution to control the disease. Devils that have a higher level of certain type of immunoglobulins (IgM) relative to IgG have been found to be less susceptible to DFTD1. In the current proposal we aim to further elucidate the mechanisms underpinning IgM expression and devil DFTD prevalence, as well as to demonstrate whether the devils immune system has recently evolved to overcome the fitness reducing effect of DFTD. The study will have important implication for vaccine development and for future management of the remaining Tasmanian devil populations.
Funding
University of Tasmania Foundation Inc ($33,264)
Scheme
Grant-Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Gran
Administered By
Deakin University
Research Team
Ujvari B; Hamede Ross RK; Thomas F; Madsen T
Year
2017
Proteomics for Tasmanian devils: a DFTD pre-clinical test (2017)$15,000
Description
Proteins within the circulatory system offer insight into the pathophysiology of an individual, and protein biomarkers are frequently the basis for clinical diagnostic tests. This project will use proteomics to compare serum from non-infected and DFTD-infected Tasmanian devils to identify a DFTD-specific protein signature that could be used to develop a diagnostic test for early detection of DFTD.
Funding
University of Tasmania Foundation Inc ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Gran
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wilson RR; Hamede Ross RK; Woods GM
Year
2017
Attendance at the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases conference (2016)$2,175
Description
I will be traveling to Cornell University, Ithaca USA, to attend the 'Ecology and Evolution ofInfectious Diseases' (EEID) meeting on May 22 2016. The conference will start the day after onMonday 23 2016 and will last for the next 34days (final schedule soon to be confirmed by theorganising committee). EEID (http://www.eeidconference.org/) is the leading conference focusedon understanding the role of infectious diseases in natural ecosystems, attracting the majority ofexperts in this research discipline. Therefore, it is an ideal venue to expose my research at UTasand exchange new ideas with other colleagues. During the conference, I will have the opportunityto meet with my current research collaborators, Prof Andrew Storfer (Washington StateUniversity) and Dr Paul Hohenlohe (Idaho University), and work on our National ScienceFoundation USAfunded research project "Emergence, transmission and evolution ofTasmanian devil facial tumour disease". We will discuss our current joint publications, updatesfrom our recent work and future directions for our research project (eg. supervision for PhDstudents, data analyses and potential grant applications).
Funding
Ian Potter Foundation ($2,175)
Scheme
Grant-Travel
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK
Year
2016
From epidemic to endemic? Modelling coexistence and evolutionary adaptations in Tasmanian devils and devil facial tumour disease (2016)$15,441
Description
Using immunological and epidemiological data to detect differences in pathogen fitness and host selective adaptations to infection
Funding
University of Tasmania Foundation Inc ($15,441)
Scheme
Grant-Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Gran
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK; Jones ME
Year
2016
Demography and epidemiology of Tasmanian devil populations and DFTD in long-diseased areas (2016)$25,000
Description
Tasmanian devils persist in areas long affected by facial tumour disease. We will reveal how epidemic anddemographic patterns are changing, and how devil's social and spatial organisation, breeding and dispersal maintainpopulations in the landscape. The project will help predict the epidemic outcome and the future of the devil.
Funding
University of Tasmania Foundation Inc ($25,000)
Scheme
Grant-Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Gran
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Hamede Ross RK; Carver SS
Year
2016
Social networks, behaviour and transmission of facial tumour disease in the Tasmanian devil (2015 - 2017)$19,200
Description
This project wilt investigate contact networks and behaviours associated with infection risk in wild Tasmanian devils, and how these translate to bltin inuries and transmission d namics of Devil Facial Tumour Disease DFTD
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($19,200)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK; Jones ME; Cameron EZ; Hamilton DG
Period
2015 - 2017
Demography and epidemiology of Tasmanian devils and facial tumour disease in long-diseased areas (2015 - 2017)$16,250
Description
This project will reveal the mechanisms underlying continued persistence of low density wild devil populations in areas where population and stochastic modelling have predicted a genuine risk of local extinction.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($16,250)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Hamede Ross RK; Carver SS; Comte S
Period
2015 - 2017
Tasmanian devil conservation physiology: Role of devil immune system in Devil Facial Tumour Disease progression (2015 - 2017)$16,100
Description
The project aims to establish the biochemistry blood indicator baseline in wild devils and assess how it changes at different stages of infection.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($16,100)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Carver SS; Hamede Ross RK; Ruiz Aravena M
Period
2015 - 2017
Does differential growth rate of tumour strains contribute to the variant epidemic patters of facial tumour disease in northwest Tasmania? (2015)$25,000
Funding
University of Tasmania Foundation Inc ($25,000)
Scheme
Grant-Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Gran
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Hamede Ross RK
Year
2015
Metabolomics for Tasmanian devil DFTD biomarkers discovery (2015)$33,000
Description
The project aims to create a databank of metabolic profiles from 100 Tasmanian devil serum samples using high-resolution instrumentation and then probe this databank to unravel the metabolic differences between healthy and DFTD animals.
Funding
University of Tasmania Foundation Inc ($33,000)
Scheme
Grant-Dr Eric Guiler Tasmanian Devil Research Gran
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Shellie RA; Karu N; Wilson RR; Hamede Ross RK; Hilder EF
Year
2015
Understanding ecological processes and selective mechanisms involved in tolerance to Tasmania devil facial tumour disease (2014)$14,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,500)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK
Year
2014
INTECOL (The International Association for Ecology) (2013)$2,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,500)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK
Year
2013
Emergence, transmission and evolution of Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease (2013 - 2016)$2,492,071
Funding
National Science Foundation ($2,492,071)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Washington State University
Research Team
Storfer A; Jones ME; Hamede Ross RK
Period
2013 - 2016
Understanding variant disease susceptibility to save the Tasmanian devil and the biodiversity it protects from extinction (2012)$19,170
Funding
National Geographic Society ($19,170)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Hamede Ross RK
Year
2012
Saving the Tasmanian Devil from extinction in the wild through understanding the interaction between the devil and its contagious tumour (2011)$12,000
Funding
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund ($12,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Hamede Ross RK
Year
2011
Eric Guiler Research Grant for DFTD (2008 - 2010)$47,505
Funding
Donation via University of Tasmania Foundation ($47,505)
Scheme
Donation - Individual
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hamede Ross RK
Period
2008 - 2010
Epidemiology and Transmission Dynamics of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) (2007)$5,000
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Hamede Ross RK
Year
2007
Managing Tasmanian Devil Populations Affected by the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (2005 - 2009)$91,388
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($78,888); Donation via University of Tasmania Foundation ($12,500)
Scheme
Donation - Individual
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; McCallum HI; Hamede Ross RK
Period
2005 - 2009

Research Supervision

Current Supervisor for:

  • Evie Jones (main supervisor PhD)
  • Sofie Nagly (main supervisor PhD)
  • Regi Broeren (main supervisor PhD)
  • Georgia McGee (co-supervisor PhD
  • Robyn Taylor (co-supervisor PhD)
  • Mahalia Kingsley (Honours)

Past students:

  • David Hamilton (main supervisor PhD)
  • Manuel Ruiz (co-supervisor PhD)
  • Sebastien Comte (co-supervisor PhD)
  • Samantha James (Honours)
  • Sienna Dance (Honours)
  • Geordie Jennings (Honours)
  • Elise Dewar (Honours)
  • Gavin Davis (Honours)

Current 6

Completed 8

Current

6

Completed

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe microbial ecology of transmission sites of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease2014
PhDLearning to Live with Cancer: Local adaptations to transmissible tumours in Tasmanian Devils2019
PhDLinking Spatial Movements and Social Contacts to Understand Transmission of Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease2019
PhDUnderstanding the Effect of Land Use Changes on Marsupial Carnivore Health and Range2019
PhDWill Natural Selection Save the Tasmanian Devil From Extinction?2020
PhDUnderstanding the Behavioural and Physiological Components of Transmission of Devil Facial Tumour Disease in Wild Tasmanian Devils2020

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDBehaviour, Social Networks and Transmission of Devil Facial Tumour Disease
Candidate: David Grant Hamilton
2019
PhDThe Tasmanian Devil and its Transmissible Cancer: Physiology of the devil-devil interaction
Candidate: Manuel Ignacio Andres Ruiz Aravena
2019
PhDThe spatial epidemiology of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease in long-diseased populations of its unique host, the Tasmanian devil
Candidate: Sebastien Comte
2019