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Biographical entry Adlard, Robert (1955 - )

Shanklin, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom


Robert Adlard is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of parasite biodiversity and particularly as an expert on myxozoan parasites of fishes. In his research Adlard concentrates on understanding the biology, ecology and diversity of parasites of marine organisms, with view to solving major economic problems of significance to Australian and international fisheries. Adlard works on rationalising systematics of myxozoan parasites to provide benchmarks for study and diagnosis of fish pathogens. As Senior Curator of Parasitology at Queensland Museum Adlard is responsible for what is estimated to be 5th largest collection of such material in the world, and for the International Reference Centre for Avian Haematazoa. Adlard is a member of the Steering Committee for the MalariaRCN, a research co-ordinated network to promote research on Malaria and related Haemosporidian parasites of wildlife. He is also Regional Resource Expert for the Network of Aquaculture Centres of the Asia-Pacific and Chair of the National Reference Group for Neptune Project, the Australian aquatic animal health web-platform.



Life event - Family migrated to Australia
Education - BSc (Hons), University of Queensland
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1992 - 1995
Career position - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Parasitology, University of Queensland
1996 - 1997
Career position - Assistant Curator, Queensland Museum
1997 - 2004
Career position - Curator of Protozoa, Queensland Museum
1999 -
Career position - Honorary Research Consultant, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, University of Queensland
2004 - 2006
Career position - Senior Curator, Queensland Museum
2006 -
Career position - Head of Marine Environments and Senior Curator of Parasitology, Queensland Museum
Award - Fellow, Australian Society for Parasitology

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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, 53 (2007), 1-156. Details
  • Anon, 'Fellow of the Australian Society for Parasitology: Dr Robert Adlard', Newsletter, Australian Society for Parasitology, 26 (1) (2014), 8-9. Details


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