Graduate Profiles

Ashlie Hartigan


Ashlie completed the Applied Masters of Wildlife Health in 2008 and immediately began her PhD at the University of Sydney which she completed in 2012. During this time, Ashley discovered and named two microscopic parasites of frogs. She proved that these parasites were emerging, but were not introduced into Australia with the cane toad as previously thought. Instead her work suggests that they may have spread from tropical Australia in frogs that hitched rides on fruit and other produce. Her work showed that these parasites were causing significant disease in a range of endangered frogs, resulting in these parasites being listed as a key threatening process to frogs in Australia. Ashley graduated with 8 publications and accepted a Post Doctoral position at the Institute of Parasitology, Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic where she is in her second year.

Gabrielle Tobias


Gabi is a veterinarian who graduated from the University of Sydney. She completed her Applied Masters of Wildlife Health in 2009. Her research project examined the records of Tapers housed in zoos in Australia. Specifically, she studied the signs, severity, times of occurrence, response to treatment, and frequency of recurrence of a painful ulcerative skin disease seen in these animals. Her work has been instrumental in our understanding of this disease and has resulted in improvements in its treatment reducing suffering in these wonderful animals. Gabi has since worked in private practice, before taking a job as one of the veterinary staff at the Taronga Zoo.

Dejan Stojanovic


Dejan is passionate about birds and this has led him to many parts of the world including Alaska, New Guinea, Asia, Europe and most of Australia. Dejan completed the Applied Masters of Wildlife Health and Population Management in 2007. His research project involved developing new ways to prevent fox predation of nests of the endangered Hooded Plover. His significant findings resulted in two publications. He then took a position with BirdLife Australia as the Cross-Regional Project Office for the Carnaby’s Cockatoo, another endangered species. He has also been an environmental consultant for several companies and agencies including the Australian Museum. He is currently completing a PhD on the life history of the endangered Swift parrot at the Australian National University. As the result of his work he has received the Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarship. His recent findings may prove critical to the survival of the Swift Parrot and possibly other threatened Tasmanian bird species. After completion of his thesis this year, he will begin a Post Doctoral position continuing his work with the Swift Parrot.