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Biographical entry Spratt, David Michael (1942 - )

30 July 1942
Toronto, Canada
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Ecologist and Parasitologist


David Spratt has substantial experience in many aspects of wildlife parasitology and in zoonotic diseases, His research was on the ecology, taxonomy and life cycles of parasites of Australian native animals, including nematodes, trematodes, cestodes, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and mites. In addition he initiated programs on the role of rabbits in life cycle of parasitic fauna of Australian native animals and on the introduction of helminth parasites to augment rabbit control. Spratt provided diagnostic assistance to medical and veterinary clinicians, and biologists which proved a rich source of new taxonomic and zoonotic knowledge. He built up fully-documented and electronically databased collection of parasites which was the basis for his own studies but also useful to colleagues nationally and internationally. Between 1993 and 1997 was Assistant Chief of the CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research.



Education - BSc, University of Toronto
Education - MSc, University of Toronto
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1971 - 1973
Career position - Australian Research Grants Committee Post-doctoral Fellowship
1973 - 1977
Career position - Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research
1977 - 1982
Career position - Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research
1982 - 1993
Career position - Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research
1993 - 1997
Career position - Assistant Chief, CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research
1993 - 2000
Career position - Senior Principal Research scientist, CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research
2000 -
Career position - Research Fellow, Australian National Wildlife Collections, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
Award - Fellow, Australian Society for Parasitology
Life event - Retired
Award - Ed Addison Distinguished Service Award, Wildlife Disease Association

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  • Angus, B. M., Cannon, L. G. R. and Adlard, R. D., 'Parasitology and the Queensland Museum, with Biographical Notes on Collectors', Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Nature, vol. 53, 2007, pp. 1-156. Details

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