Season 1, Episode 5 - Reproduction in Australian Wildlife
Updated: Feb 2
All the important links, repro news and guest bios from this month's episode
Dr Jane Fenelon
Dr Jane Fenelon is a Research Fellow investigating the reproduction and development of marsupials and monotremes at the University of Melbourne. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2011 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montreal from 2012-2015 and the University of Ottawa from 2015-2017.
Her research has two main focuses. The first is the reproduction and development of the echidna. The echidna is one of the few egg-laying mammals worldwide and this is the first in-depth study of its kind. Her second focus is on embryonic diapause, the ability of some mammals to temporarily pause their pregnancy. Her research investigates how maternal-embryo communication coordinates this process and the implications of this for pregnancy in all mammals, including humans.
Early Career Researcher Spotlight
Dr Marissa Parrott
Dr Marissa Parrott is a reproductive biologist with Zoos Victoria, Marissa completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne and University of Pretoria, South Africa, and later her PhD from University of Melbourne. Marissa's post-doctoral research examined assisted reproduction and novel techniques to maximise breeding success in captive breeding colonies of marsupials across Australia.
She has more than fifteen years’ experience in field work, five years in molecular genetics laboratories, and fifteen years in research and zoo captive breeding programs. Marissa has experience with a variety of wildlife and conservation programs in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas. She has a particular interest in the wildlife of South East Asia, having worked with conservation programs in Borneo and Cambodia, where she assisted with capacity building and wildlife research with Zoos Victoria’s international partners.
Upcoming conferences and abstract deadlines
Reproductive Health Australia Webinar
15th November 2021 (online only)
Fertility Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference
29th January - 2nd February 2022, Sydney
Abstract submissions closed, registration open
Upcoming awards and grants
Nature Foundation Grant
Next round will open in March 2022
Conservation and Wildlife Research Trust Grants Program
Round for 2021 closed, check website for round due in 2022
Paper of the month