Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

CSU scientist brings world parasite experts together

Dr Shokoofeh ShamsiParasite taxonomist, Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi from Charles Sturt University's (CSU) School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences recently ran a workshop at the the Flanders Marine Institute – home of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) in Belgium.

It brought together experts to look at how marine parasites are documented in the register and to work to develop a portal for scientists to access information about marine parasites.

"Many sea species are under threat of extinction and establishing a parasite portal under World Register for Marine Species is crucial for better understanding of the marine biodiversity," Dr Shamsi said. "It will also play an important role in any future study aiming at conservation of aquatic species."

Dr Shamsi's workshop in April 2017 was funded by a grant from LifeWatch Belgium, part of the E-Science European LifeWatch Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research.

Photo: Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi (far left) with workshop participants in Belgium.