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DR Anson Koehler


  • Wildlife Parasitology (Phylogenetics, Ecology, Evolution, Phylogeography)



  • Over the last 10 years, I have been pursuing educational and employment opportunities towards my goal of becoming a molecular and wildlife parasitologist. In 2006 I completed a Masters at the U of New Mexico where I studied phylogenetics of nematodes followed by a year of employment with the National Wildlife Health Center researching the phylogenetics of avian influenza. In 2008 I relocated to New Zealand, where I was awarded a scholarship from the Marsden Fund, to undertake a PhD (2008-2011) on parasite host specificity, under the supervision of Prof Robert Poulin (Evolutionary and Ecological Parasitology Research Group). During my PhD program, I investigated the host specificity of pathogens using molecular tools. The research conducted during my postgraduate programs has provided me with a very solid grounding in a range of fundamental areas, including biological fieldwork, parasite epidemiology, ecology, biogeography, genetics, and genomics.

    In January 2012, I joined Prof Robin Gasser’s Parasite Genetics and Genomics Group as a postdoctoral scientist at the U of Melbourne on grants from the ARC (held by Prof Gasser). In my current position, I am working in close collaboration with the water industry (Melbourne Water Corporation). Specifically, as a CI on a recent ARC Linkage grant (LP160101299 2017-2020), I am directly responsible for the development and application of an integrated monitoring strategy, involving the testing for human-infective parasites in native and introduced wildlife in catchment areas supplying water to the entire human population of Melbourne. Additionally, my interest in the use of applying next generation sequencing techniques to parasitic diagnostics has been expanded with the procurement of another ARC Linkage Grant with Profs Rebecca Traub and Mark Stevenson entitled: Chemo-prevention of tropical canine parasitoses and vector-borne diseases (LP170100187 2018-2020).

    Over the last 6 years as an Early Car   


Member of

  • American Society for Microbiology. Member 2014 -
  • American Society of Parasitologists. Member 2011 -
  • New Zealand Society for Parasitology. Member 2010 -
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society. Member 1998 -
  • Genetics Society of Australia. Member 2012 - 2020
  • International Society of Protistologists. Member 2018 - 2019
  • Australian Society for Parasitology. Member 2012 - 2019


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Chief Investigator 2 on ARC Linkage Project with Bayer: Chemo-prevention of tropical canine parasitoses and vector-borne diseases. (LP170100187 2018-2020, $247,239 AUD)

    Chief Investigator 2 on ARC Linkage Project with Melbourne Water: Managing microorganisms in Melbourne’s drinking water assets, (LP160101299 2017-2020, $890,000 AUD)   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Otago 2011
  • MS, University of New Mexico 2006
  • BS, Union College 1998



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • I would be interested in supervising students with a genuine and demonstrable interest in the following: parasitology, phylogenetics, the use of NGS in detection and classification of parasites.