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Dr Alison Peel


Alison Peel

Environmental Futures Research Institute
+61 (0)467 806 660 (Work)
N78 2.18, Nathan Campus

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I am a wildlife disease ecologist with an interest in the dynamics and drivers of infectious disease, particularly in bats. Coming from a veterinary background, it was the interesting viruses that brought me to bats, but I'm increasingly fascinated by the ecology of the bats themselves and the complex interactions between broad environmental and climatic changes, ecology and disease. Our bat1health project ( aims to understand the root drivers of bat viral dynamics across 4 continents and to identify ways in which we can preempt and prevent spillover, particularly through sustainable ecological solutions. My current research also recognises the complexity of multi-host-multi-pathogen communities. I'm interested in how Hendra virus, the most widely studied bat virus in Australia, exists within a diverse community of viruses in Australian flying-foxes. By examining this well know bat viral system in a broader context, I hope to provide insight into both Hendra virus dynamics and bat virus spillover in general. Background: My MSc was based at the Royal Veterinary College and Institute of Zoology, London, and involved a research project on the risk of importing amphibian chytridiomycosis into the UK. I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2012, and investigated the population genetics and epidemiology of henipaviruses and lyssaviruses in African fruit bats. I've been based in Australia again since 2013 and am investigating Hendra- and other virus dynamics in Australian flying foxes through US-based funding and an ARC DECRA Fellowship.


  • Member
    Environmental Futures Research Institute2014


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Cambridge2008 - 2012
  • Masters in Wild Animal Health
    Royal Veterinary College, London2006 - 2007
  • BSc Vet Bachelor of Science (Veterinary)
    University of Sydney2001 - 2001
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
    University of Sydney1998 - 2003