Shokoofeh Shamsi

Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi

Veterinary Parasitology

Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences


Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi, has qualifications in veterinary and medical sciences (parasitology), and skills in conventional morphological and molecular parasite identification methods. She is a taxonomist with a huge interest in identifying species, who goes beyond taxonomy to understand parasitism, ecology, evolution, ecosystems and how parasites population changes in response to anthropological and environmental factors. She is currently leading and collaborating on a variety of research projects focussing on health, welfare, behaviour, biosecurity and biology of both wild and farmed, as well as a range of terrestrial and aquatic animals. Recently her research focus has broadened to include the culture of indigenous Australians on the lessons in sustainability.

Examples of research achievements include:

  • Discovering 37 new parasite species;
  • Discovering, characterising and reporting, for the first time, invasive and introduced parasites in Australia;
  • Determining novel natural transmission patterns of parasites affecting critically endangered Australian species
  • Parasitology
  • Transmissible parasites between animals and humans
  • Parasite taxonomy, systematics and diagnosis
  • Cophylogeny among parasites and their hosts
  • Transmission patterns and ecology of parasites
  • Food safety
  • Climate change and parasitism
  • Health of the Murray Darling Basin
  • One health
  • First nations, sustainability and health
Full publications list on CRO

Recent Publications

  • Williams, M., Shamsi, S., Williams, T., & Hernandez-Jover, M. (2023). Bacteria of Zoonotic Interest Identified on Edible Freshwater Fish Imported to Australia. Foods, 12(6), [1288].
  • Porter, M., Barton, D., Shamsi, S., Crook, D. A., & Randall, J. (2023). Deciphering the complex trophic relationship of the black-spotted croaker (Teleostei: Sciaenidae) and its parasites using stable isotope analysis. Canadian Journal of Zoology.
  • Porter, M., Barton, D. P., Francis, N., & Shamsi, S. (2023). Description of two new species of Diplectanum Diesing, 1858 (Monogenea: Diplectanidae) collected from Protonibea diacanthus (Lacep├Ęde, 1802) (Teleostei: Sciaenidae) from waters off northern Australia. International Journal For Parasitology: Parasites And Wildlife, 21, 99-109.
  • Shamsi, S., Fahey, H. L., Rast, L., & Freire, R. (2023). Is Toxoplasma gondii infection related to spatial problem solving and fear response in sheep? Applied Animal Behaviour Science.
  • Shamsi, S., Francis, N., Masiga, J., Barton, D. P., Zhu, X., Pearce, L., & McLellan, M. (2023). Occurrence and characterisation of Eustrongylides species in Australian native birds and fish. Food and Waterborne Parasitology, 30, [e00189].