Frogs lure trainee biologist from PNG
7 JULY 2016
Expertise in frogs and managing frog diseases has brought Ms Dillian Nason from Papua New Guinea (PNG) to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga.The biologist, who is an intern with PNG's Institute for Biological Research, is learning methods to help her identify new species of frogs from the New Guinean 'cloud' forests.These methods will also allow her to diagnose the deadly chytrid fungus disease, which is the greatest threat to cold-climate frogs worldwide.Dr Andrew Peters, from the CSU School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, said PNG is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and depends heavily on local agriculture and wildlife for food, culture and tourism."PNG is home to seven million people who are heavily dependent on agriculture and wildlife, but its capacities to investigate and manage animal health is among the lowest of any country," Dr Peters said."To address this shortage, the School has now trained nine PNG scientists in animal health, including Ms Nason, in addition to educating one of PNG's first female veterinary students."Ms Nason is currently completing an Honours degree in Biology with PNG's University of Goroka.
In Wagga Wagga, contact CSU Media for interviews and pictures with Ms Nason and Dr Peters on Friday 8, Monday 11or Tuesday 12 July.
For interviews and pictures with Ms Nason and Dr Peters in Albury-Wodonga, meet at 1pm on Wednesday 13 July at the School of Environmental Sciences (building 760), CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.