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)


Peer Reviewed Papers

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.

March, D. T., Vinette-Herrin, K., Peters, A., Ariel, E., Blyde, D., Hayward, D., Christidis, L. & B. P. Kelaher (2018). Hematologic and biochemical characteristics of stranded green turtles. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 1040638718757819.

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(3): 93-97.

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. 118(1): 126-134.

Raidal, S. R. & A. Peters (2018). Psittacine beak and feather disease: ecology and implications for conservation. Emu. 118(1): 80-93.


Current Projects

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

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

Completed Projects

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