KoalaThe chief investigators of this project are Dr Joerg Henning and Dr Rachel Allavena.

Associate Professor Henning is a Veterinary epidemiologist with over 15 years of research experience in epidemiology and biostatistics with a focus on analysis of wildlife and animal health data. He also worked as a consultant for international organisations such as the FAO, World Bank, ILRI and others. His research interests include zoonotic diseases such as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1, infectious diseases and management of poultry, attitudes and behaviours of small-scale farmers, extension programs to improve livestock health, the spatial analysis of wildlife and livestock health data and the suitability of citizen science programs for monitoring the health and the distribution of wildlife populations.

Associate Professor Allavena is a board-certified Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and a registered specialist veterinary anatomic pathologist with the Veterinary Surgeon’s Board of Queensland. She teaches laboratory animal science, pathology and toxicology and is head diagnostic pathologist at The University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science. Dr Allavena’s primary research interests include the pathology and causes of mortality of Queensland koalas, fatal envenomations in companion animals, and the development of novel immunotherapeutics for the treatment of cancer in dogs.