ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Andrew Peters

Dr Andrew Peters

Andrew’s research interests encompass wildlife population health, evolutionary biology of pathogens and host-pathogen dynamics. His work attempts to understand the origin of infectious organisms and their dynamics in natural systems and subsequently the relative significance of emerging disease in conservation.

Andrew’s current projects include studies on the evolution of Trichomonas in columbids, beak and feather disease virus in critically endangered parrots, trypanosomes as a threat to Australasian rodents and the impact of invasive toxic plants on wild herbivores. He also carries out diagnostic investigations into wildlife diseases

Andrew is interested in capacity building in wildlife health in Australia and Papua New Guinea and has carried out research and training programs in PNG since 2009. He is a leader within the wildlife health scientific community in Australia and internationally.

Research Interests

  • Clinical pathologies
  • Wildlife population health
  • Conservation biology and ecology
  • Anthropogenic changes to ecosystems
  • Natural ecology of infectious protists
  • Avian biology and ecology

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons 1) University of Sydney 2004

MANZCVSc (Avian health) 2008

PhD Charles Sturt University 2013


Memberships of Advisory Boards and Panels

Management Committee Member of Wildlife Health Australia (2014-ongoing)


Full Publications List CRO Research Outputs

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Peters, A., Das, S. & Raidal, S. (2020) Diverse Trichomonas lineages in Australasian pigeons and doves support a columbid origin for the genus Trichomonas, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2019.106674

Das, S., Smith, K., Sarker, S., Peters, A., Adriaanse, K., Eden, P., Ghorashi, S., Forwood, J. & Raidal, S. (2019) Assessing circovirus gene flow in multiple spill-over events, Virus Genes, 55: 802-814. https://doi.org/10.1007%2Fs11262-019-01702-x

Martens, J., Stokes, H., Eastwood, J., Raidal, S., Peters, A., Berg, M., Walder, K., Magrath, M. & Bennett, A. (2019) Persistence of beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) infection in wild Crimson Rosellas (Platycercus elegans), Emu: austral ornithology, 119: 402-406. https://doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2019.1640069

Bower, D., Lips, K., Amepou, Y., Richards, S., Dahl, C., Nagombi, E., Supuma, M., Dabek, L., Alford, R., Schwarzkopf, L., Ziembicki, M., Noro, J., Hamidy, A., Gillespie, G., Berger, L., Eisemberg, C., Li, Y., Liu, X., Jennings, C., Tjaturadi, B., Peters, A., Krockenberger, A., Nason, D., Kusrini, M., Webb, R., Skerratt, L., Banks, C., Mack, A., Georges, A. & Clulow, S. (2019) Island of opportunity: Can New Guinea protect amphibians from a globally emerging pathogen?, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17: 348-354.

Woods, R., Reiss, A., Cox-Witton, K., Grillo, T. & Peters, A. (2019) The importance of wildlife disease monitoring as part of the global surveillance for zoonotic diseases: The role of Australia, Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 4: 29. https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed4010029

Peters, A., Carver, S., Skerratt, L., Meredith, A. & Woods, R. (2019) A solutions-focused translational research framework for wildlife health, Bioscience, 69: 1019-1027

March, D.T., Vinette-Herrin, K., Peters, A., Ariel, E., Blyde, D., Hayward, D., Christidis, L. & Kelaher, B.P. (2018) Hematologic and biochemical characteristics of stranded green sea turtles, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 30: 423-429. https://doi.org/10.1177/1040638718757819

Steventon, C. A., Raidal, S. R., Quinn, J. C. & A. Peters (2018) Steroidal saponin toxicity in eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus): a novel clinicopathological presentation of hepatogenous photosensitization. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 54: 491-502

Verwey, J. K., Peters, A., Monks, D. & S. R. Raidal (2018) Spillover of avian haemosporidian parasites (Haemosporidia: Plasmodium) causes mortality in captive psittacine species. Australian Veterinary Journal. 96: 93-97. https://doi.org/10.1111/avj.12671

Stojanovic, D., Alves, F., Cook, H., Crates, R., Heinsohn, R. & A. Peters (2018) Further knowledge and urgent action required to save orange-bellied parrots from extinction. Emu: austral ornithology,. 118: 126-134. https://doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2017.1394165

Raidal, S. R. & A. Peters (2018). Psittacine beak and feather disease: ecology and implications for conservation. Emu: austral ornithology. 118: 80-93. https://doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2017.1387029

Opinion Pieces

Peters, A. (2020) COVID-19, bushfires and drought prove wildlife health is one of the emerging challenges of our time.  Charles Sturt University News Opinion, April 2.


Current Research Activities

Society and science: a new approach to wildlife disease surveillance

Beak and feather disease virus in the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot

Strengthening FETPVs and paraveterinary training programs to detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks

The role of Trypanosoma lewisii as an historical and future threat to Australia’s rodents, 2018-ongoing

Completed Research Activities

Beak and feather disease virus in the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot,  2012-2018

Capacity building in wildlife health in PNG 2012-2016

Kangaroo mortalities associated with toxic plant ingestion 2015-2017

Evolution of Trichomonas in Australasian columbids 2013-2017