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Dr Joanne Connolly
BSc (Syd), BVSc(Hons)(Syd), PhD(Syd), PGCertTT (Massey)
Position Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology
School of Animal and Veterinary Science,
Location Charles Sturt University, Boorooma Street, Wagga Wagga
Phone 02 69332218
After graduation from the University of Sydney in 1990, Joanne worked for 3 years in mixed animal practice in Tasmania and small animal practice in Queensland, before returning to the University of Sydney and undertaking a PhD.
During her PhD on immunopathological characterisation of infectious diseases of the koala and the platypus, Joanne worked at the University of Sydney as a tutor in veterinary anatomy and as an associate lecturer in microbiology.
Following her PhD Joanne worked as senior lecturer in microbiology and public health at Massey University, New Zealand for four years. On returning to Australia, Joanne was selected as a member of the Sydney South Region National Parks & Wildlife Service Advisory Committee (a Ministerial appointment). Joanne has been employed as senior lecturer in microbiology and the captive vertebrate management course coordinator at Charles Sturt University since 2005. Joanne has supervised four honours, six Masters and two PhD students.
Research and Teaching
- Assessment of the impact of agricultural practice on the platypus as an indicator of environmental health.
- Population genetics of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) in the Murrumbidgee catchment.
- Reproductive cycle of platypuses in the Murrumbidgee catchment, monitoring reproductive hormones and/or their metabolites using EIA (serum & faeces) and HPLC (metabolites in faeces).
- Abundance, distribution, morphometrics and health status of platypuses in the Murrumbidgee catchment.
- A Mucor amphibiorum carriage/infection in trout
- Genetic diversity of Mucor amphibiorum from platypuses and amphibians
- Joanne is Course coordination of the Captive Vertebrate Management program and subject coordinator for the BIO489 Zoo curatorship subject since 2005 and teaches veterinary microbiology into seven subjects:
- VSC310 Principles of Pathobiology
- VSC415 Population Medicine 2
- VSC416 Farm Animal 2
- VSC415 Companion Animal 1
- VSC327 Population Medicine 1
- VSC328 Companion Animal 2
- VSC113 Fundamentals of Cell Biology
- She additionally facilitates some of the problem-based learning cases
- Scientific Associate of the Taronga Conservation Society Australia
- Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology
- Registered with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- Member of the Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology
- Member of the Wildlife Disease Association (parent body in USA and Australasian Section)
- Member of the Australian Wildlife Health Network
- Associate member of Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (formerly ARAZPA)
- Previous member of the Sydney South Region National Parks & Wildlife Service Advisory Committee (Ministerial appointment)
- Life Member of the RSPCA (New South Wales and Tasmania)
- Wildlife biology and health
- Veterinary microbiology and public health
Webb R, Philips A, Speare R, Connolly J and Berger L (2012). Controlling the spread of wildlife diseases: In vitro efficacy of disinfectants against the pathogenic fungi Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Mucor amphibiorum. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (Accepted DOI www.doi.org 10.3354/dao02461).
Connolly JH, Stodart B, and Ash G (2010). Genotypic analysis of Mucor from the platypus and amphibian in Australia. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46(1), 55-69.
Connolly JH (2009). A review of mucormycosis in the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). Journal of Zoology 57,235-244.
Booth R and Connolly J (2008). Chapter 6 Platypus. In: Medicine of Australian Mammals. L Vogelnest and R Woods (Eds). CSIRO Publishing.
Connolly JH, Alley MR, Dutton GJ and Rogers LE (2006). Infectivity and persistence of an outbreak strain of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium DT160 for house sparrows (Passer domesticus) in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal 54(6), 329-332.