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Prof Marcel Klaassen

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair In Ecology

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Groningen, 1992
Master of Science, University of Groningen, 1988

Biography summary

Prof. Marcel Klaassen has developed broad research interests including theoretical, experimental and observational studies on numerous animal, plant and microbe taxa. Throughout this, his focus has primarily been on bird migration, nutritional ecology and disease ecological issues.

Career

Director – Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Australia (2010 – 2017)

Professor in Animal-Plant Interactions - Utrecht University, The Netherlands (2005 – 2014)

Head of Department – Plant-Animal Interactions, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands (1997 – 2009)

Postdoc – Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands (1995 – 1997)

Research Fellow - Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioural Physiology, Germany (1991 – 1995)

Scientist – Institute for Forestry and Nature Research, Wageningen UR (University & Research centre), The Netherlands (1988 – 1991)

PhD – University of Groningen, The Netherlands (1988-1992)

Units taught

SLE 205: vertebrate structure and function

SLE 354: disease ecology and epidemiology

Knowledge areas

  • Modelling avian migration strategies, population dynamics and conservation strategies
  • Disease Ecology and the connecting powers of migrants
  • Nutritional ecology and reserve dynamics in waterfowl, waders and marsupials

Professional activities

Research groups

Centre for Integrative Ecology  http://cie-deakin.com/

Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases http://gceid.com/

Awards

Marcel became an Alfred Deakin Professor in 2016

Projects

Current PhD students – Student name & Thesis Title

Batbayar Galtbalt - Breeding and migration ecology of eastern palearctic cranes and implications for conservation across flyways

Hui Bruce Yu - State-of-the-art wildlife trackers and movement ecology

Toby Ross - Are pollutants and emerging diseases endangering a global migratory flyway?

Aiful Islam - Evolutionary Dynamics of Influenza A Viruses at High Risk Poultry-Wildlife-Human Interfaces in Bangladesh

Former PhD students

Alice Risely

Bart Pollux

Bert Hidding

Bethany Hoye

Casper van Leeuwen

Jacintha van Dijk

Marta Ferenczi

Megan Underwood

Meijuan Zhao

Mohammad M. Hassan (Milad)

Simeon Lisovski

Yaara Aharon-Rotman

Publications

No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Avian migrants as vectors of zoonotic diseases in a changing world

Prof Marcel Klaassen

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2015: $140,483
  • 2014: $182,946
  • 2013: $197,310

Threats of avian pathogens to endangered parrots and human health: developing and utilizing tools for risk reduction

Prof Andy Bennett, A/Prof Shane Raidal, Prof Marcel Klaassen, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Ken Walder, Dr Michael Magrath, Dr Yonatan Segal, Prof Martyn Jeggo

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2017: $54,016
  • 2016: $105,523
  • 2015: $112,909
  • 2014: $60,397

Revealing the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of avian influenza virus

Prof Edward Holmes, Prof Marcel Klaassen, Aeron Hurt

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2018: $20,000
  • 2017: $40,000
  • 2016: $20,000

Are pollutants endangering a global migratory flyway?

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Aeron Hurt, Dr Veerle Jaspers

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2020: $175,252
  • 2019: $127,634

Shape-shifting birds: a novel consequence of climate change

A/Prof Matthew Symonds, Prof Marcel Klaassen, Dr Glenn Tattersall

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2020: $157,935
  • 2019: $80,674

Other Public Sector Funding

Combining serological and virological tests in studying the host-pathogen in wildlife with special reference to Avian influenza epidemiology in the Australian context.

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Mr Simeon Lisovski, Dr David Roshier

  • 2014: $1,673
  • 2013: $3,347
  • 2012: $7,710

Threats of avian pathogens to endangered parrots and human health: developing and utilizing tools for risk reduction

Prof Andy Bennett, A/Prof Shane Raidal, Prof Marcel Klaassen, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Ken Walder, Dr Michael Magrath, Dr Yonatan Segal, Prof Martyn Jeggo

  • 2017: $25,000
  • 2016: $25,000
  • 2015: $30,000

Sampling the Big Blank Spot: Wild Bird Avian Influenza Virus Surveillance in Australia's interior.

Prof Marcel Klaassen

  • 2014: $9,090

Evaluating exposure risk and incursions of highly pathogenic avian influenza from Asia using serology.

Prof Marcel Klaassen

  • 2019: $30,000
  • 2018: $79,960

Industry and Other Funding

Surveillance of influenza A viruses in wild birds.

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Dr David Roshier

  • 2015: $2,000
  • 2014: $29,100
  • 2013: $100,000
  • 2012: $11,356
  • 2011: $209,819

The interplay of avian influenza dynamics between resident waterfowl species and migratory waders

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Mr Simeon Lisovski

  • 2012: $7,500

Pathogen mitigated movement of avian hosts, understanding the interplay between infection and movement in wild waterfowl

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Ms Marta Ferenczi, Dr David Roshier

  • 2013: $3,000

Linking gastro-intestinal microbiome diversity and immune function over the migratory flyway in a long-distance migrant.

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Dr Bethany Hoye, Miss Alice Risely

  • 2015: $2,500

Understanding the role of migrants in pathogen dispersal: gut microbiome diversity across time and space in a long-distance migrant

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Dr Bethany Hoye, A/Prof Beata Ujvari, Miss Alice Risely

  • 2015: $5,000

A new database for Australian AIV sampling and analyses in wild birds

Prof Marcel Klaassen

  • 2017: $8,692
  • 2016: $20,000

State-of-the-art wildlife trackers and movement ecology

Prof Marcel Klaassen

  • 2020: $16,000
  • 2019: $16,000
  • 2018: $16,000

Identifying key sites along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway for the conservation of the critically endangered Curlew Sandpiper

Prof Marcel Klaassen

  • 2018: $1,500

NATIONAL AVIAN INFLUENZA WILD BIRD (NAIWB) SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM ANALYSIS PROJECT - Avian Disease Ecology-Epidemiology Consultant.

Prof Marcel Klaassen

  • 2019: $4,500

Other Funding Sources

Avian influenza virus dynamics in a waterbird community in Australia

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Ms Marta Ferenczi, Dr Christa Beckmann

  • 2014: $800

Strategies and constraints of avian migration in waders along the East Asian Australasian Flyway

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Miss Meijuan Zhao

  • 2016: $909

Stuart Leslie Conference Award

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Mrs Jessica May Ellen Radford

  • 2019: $1,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2018

Alice Risely

Thesis entitled: Host-pathogen and host-microbe interactions in migratory animals and their implications for pathogen dispersal

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2017

Mohammad Mahmudul Hassan

Thesis entitled: Who is the culprit: ecology and epidemiology of Avian Influenza at the wildlife-poultry interface in Bangladesh

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2016

Meijuan Zhao

Thesis entitled: Constraints and strategies of long-distance migratory shorebirds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Marta Ferenczi

Thesis entitled: Avian influenza virus dynamics in Australian wild birds

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Simeon Lisovski

Thesis entitled: Wildlife infectious disease dynamics in the context of seasonality and bird migration

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2015

Yaara Aharon-Rotman

Thesis entitled: Challenges within the annual cycle of long-distance migratory waders along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2013

Megan Underwood

Thesis entitled: Does size matter? Sex differences in white-faced storm petrels' ecology

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2019

Daniel Terry Lees

Thesis entitled: Sex-ratio dynamics in three species of resident shorebird

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2017

Aditya Vivek Ponkshe

Thesis entitled: Joint effects of selective mating and ecology on the persistence of polymorphism and the divergence of sexually selected traits

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2015

Gemma Cole

Thesis entitled: Estimatig the evolutionary link between food detection and mate choice

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2012

Bibiana Andrea Rojas Zuluaga

Thesis entitled: The apparent paradox of colour variation in aposematic poison frogs

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences