Peter Elsworth

Project:

I am looking at ways to enhance a biological strategy currently used on rabbits – rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus.  I aim to better understand the long-term epidemiology of RHD strains and related viruses that may convey cross-immunity in rabbits.

This includes developing test protocols for determining resistance to RHDV in rabbits, and testing field strains to compare virulence and effectiveness against the original release strain.

Background:

Honours: Zoology, University of Queensland.

I have previously worked as an Experimentalist in the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water, overseeing a research facility (Robert Wicks Pest Animal Research Centre). My key skills include dose and bait trials, trapping and surveying, and autopsy.

Publications:

Elsworth, P.G., F. Seebacher, and C.E. Franklin. 2003.  Sustained Swimming Performance in Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus): Effects of Body Size and Temperature.  Journal of Herpetology, 37:135-140.

Seebacher, F., Elsworth, P.G. and Franklin, C.E. 2003.  Ontogenetic changes of swimming kinematics in a semi-aquatic reptile (Crocodylus porosus).  Australian Journal of Zoology, 51, 15-24.

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Project details

CRC Program:
Terrestrial Products and Strategies

Locations:
University of Canberra
Queensland Department of Primary Industries.

Supervisors:
Dr Brian Cooke (IACRC/UCan)
Prof Stephen Sarre (UCan)
David Berman (QDPI)
Joe Scanlan (QDPI)