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.
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
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
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