Bachelor Veterinary Science, Master of Science, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Environmental Futures Research Institute
Alison completed her Veterinary Degree at the University of Sydney in 2003 and after a few years in mixed and small animal practice in South Australia and the UK, she decided to concentrate again on wildlife-related research, where her main interests lie in disease ecology. She undertook a wildlife Masters in Wild Animal Health at the Royal Veterinary College and Institute of Zoology, London, and completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2012. Her PhD investigated the population genetics and epidemiology of henipaviruses and lyssaviruses in African fruit bats. Alison moved back to Australia in 2013 and is currently investigating Hendra virus dynamics in Australian flying foxes within Prof Hamish McCallum's group.
- Infectious disease dynamics in wildlife
- Veterinary epidemiology
Current research projects
- Models to predict Hendra virus prevalence in fruit bat populations
- Plowright, R. K., A. J. Peel, D. G. Streicker, A. Gilbert, H. McCallum, J. L. N. Wood, M. L. Baker, and O. Restif. 2016. Transmission or within-host dynamics driving pulses of zoonotic viruses in reservoir-host populations. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 10: e0004796.
- Peel, A. J., K. S. Baker, D. T. S. Hayman, R. Suu-Ire, A. C. Breed, G.-C. Gembu, T. Lembo, A. Fernández Loras, D. R. Sargan, A. R. Fooks, A. A. Cunningham, and J. L. N. Wood. 2016. Bat trait, genetic and pathogen data from large-scale investigations of African fruit bats, Eidolon helvum. Scientific Data 3: 160049.
- Peel, AJ, Pulliam, JRC, Luis, AD, Plowright, RK, O’Shea, TJ, Hayman, DTS, Wood, JLN, Webb, CT, Restif, O. The effect of seasonal birth pulses on pathogen persistence in wild mammal populations (2014) Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281: 1786
- Peel, AJ, Sargan, DR, Baker, KS, Hayman, DTS, Barr, JA, Crameri, G, Suu-Ire, R, Broder, CC, Lembo, T, Wang, LF, Fooks, AR, Rossiter, SJ, Wood, JLN/Cunningham, AA. (2013) Continent-wide panmixia of an African fruit bat facilitates widespread seroprevalence to potentially-zoonotic viruses. Nature Communications 4: 2770.
- Peel, AJ, McKinley, TJ, Baker, KS, Barr, JA, Crameri, G, Hayman, DTS, Feng, YR, Broder, C.C, Wang, LF, Cunningham, AA, Wood, JLN. (2013) Use of cross-reactive serological assays for detecting novel pathogens in wildlife: assessing an appropriate cutoff for henipavirus assays in African bats. Journal of Virological Methods, 193: 295–303.
- Peel, AJ, Baker, KS, Crameri, G, Barr, JA, Hayman, DTS, Wright, E, Broder, CC, Fernández-Loras, A, Fooks, AR, Wang, LF, Cunningham, AA, Wood, JLN. (2012) Henipavirus Neutralising Antibodies in an Isolated Island Population of African Fruit Bats. PLoS ONE, 7, e30346.
- Peel, AJ, Hartley, M, Cunningham, AA. Qualitative risk analysis of introducing Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis to the United Kingdom through the importation of live amphibians. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 98: 95–112. (IF 1.734)