Media Releases 2015

Posted on 20/01/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Dr Kath Handasyde, a pre-eminent researcher of Australian mammals, has retired as the Chair of Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Animal Ethics Committee.

Dr Handasyde formed the Committee in 1992 and served as its Chair for 22 years. She will remain on as a member of the Committee, providing valuable advice regarding the implementation of Phillip Island Nature Parks’ research activities. Dr Handasyde also served on the Nature Parks Board from 1996 to 2010.

Matthew Jackson, CEO of the Nature Parks, applauded the work of Dr Handasyde: “We’re very fortunate to have had the expertise of Dr Handasyde as Chair of the Animal Ethics Committee. Her knowledge has guided some of the key activities of the Nature Parks and, although she has retired as Chair, we’re grateful to have her continued involvement as a member of the Committee.”

Dr Handasyde has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Nature Parks, particularly in relation to the health and management of the Island’s koalas. Her research activities include the basic ecology and key management issues for koalas, platypus and possums in south-eastern Australia, wildlife conservation and management, and disease and ecophysiology of Australian mammals. She currently works as a senior lecturer in the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne.


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