Associate Professor Andrew Peters, from the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University presenting a talk titled “ Bushfire and wildlife health: it’s not just about burns”. Andrew research interests encompass wildlife population health, evolutionary biology of pathogens and host-pathogen dynamics. His work attempts to understand the origin of infectious organisms and their dynamics in natural systems and subsequently the relative significance of emerging disease in conservation.
Doctor Melanie Smith, from the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney presenting on a current MLA funded research project with her presentation titled “Health, welfare and biosecurity of livestock exposed to Australian bushfires”. Melanie is a livestock producer from the NSW Southern Tablelands and an early career research working in the area of livestock production and meat science. She enjoys being part of a dynamic industry and actively conducts applied and practical research that focuses on adoption and addressing industry issues. Her research is conducted across multiple disciplines of the meat supply chain, from paddock to plate with a focus on enhancing animal production, welfare, and sustainability to help improve the consumer enjoyment of the product.