Amy Robbins

Amy Robbins

Brisbane, Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast, Endeavour Veterinary Ecology, Brisbane Koala Science Institute

Dr Amy Robbins BVSc (Hons 1), BSc (Zoology)

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Published on Jan 24, 2019

Optimising clinical outcomes for koalas

While I've been busy meeting all the joeys from the last year, the first paper from my PhD was published. Enjoy! https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0209679I've also ...

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Published on Sep 21, 2018

Thank you to all my backers for your support and donations. I'm funded!

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Published on Sep 14, 2018

Unlocking the secrets of the swabs

I've been busy in the lab this week extracting DNA from some swabs that have already been collected (some might say, the 'less glamorous' side of my research). Each of these little tubes hold a pi...

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Published on Sep 04, 2018

Matching noses

One of the perks of the work I do is getting to meet plenty of cute little faces (check out their matching pink noses). This is Aurora getting weighed on the scales with her mother Dawn, who is h...

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Published on Aug 28, 2018

Has anyone seen my koala?

Ready for another vet exam. The swabs you can see in the picture are the ones we use to sample the koalas for Chlamydia testing. Hmm, now the only item I'm missing is my koala.... :)

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Published on Aug 23, 2018

Koala release cam

This is Jim being released back into his capture tree after a clean bill of health at his veterinary examination.https://www.facebook.com/endeavourvet/videos/211548146382150/

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Published on Aug 22, 2018

The cutie in my cover photo

Wondering who the star model for my project is? This is Tanja, a young female. This photo was taken when she was in care at Endeavour Veterinary Ecology receiving treatment for Chlamydia. Unfort...

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Published on Aug 21, 2018

Koala catching

After the tricky task of even finding koalas in the wild, we need to attempt to capture them so that we can assess their health and fit tracking devices. Whilst some koalas are able to be 'flagged...

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Published on Sep 06, 2018

The places koalas call home

Here are some examples of the different peri-urban and rural habitat types we've been monitoring koalas in so far.

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Yes, they are Joyce. Habitat degradation is the number one threat to the survival of the koala. However, because so many of our declining koala populations are becoming fragmented due to this habitat degradation, if they are affected by chlamydial disease, this not only decreases the overall health of the population but it also makes them more susceptible to stochastic events (for example, bushfires). Further, eventually the population will reach a tipping point, and if the majority of females are infertile due to chlamydial disease and there is no immigration to bring in healthy breeding females with diverse genetics (because the population is isolated), then chlamydial disease can certainly cause the final extinction of these populations.
Apr 10, 2019
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Thanks very much Renee!
Sep 21, 2018
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Thanks Derrian!
Sep 19, 2018
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Thanks Pommers!
Sep 11, 2018
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I think they feel more secure if they can still hold on to mum while she's asleep, rather than being separated. When the vet exam is finished and mum is starting to recover, the joey often bites her around her neck as if to say "Hey, get up, why are you sleeping now!?!"
Sep 05, 2018
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Could you recognise her in the selfie (she's the same koala leaning out on my cover page)? We often look at things like pigmentation in the nose, whether she has eyeliner or white rings around her eyes, and ear shape and fluffiness to identify them from their faces.
Aug 23, 2018
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These permit approvals allow us to capture koalas for veterinary examinations and to fit tracking devices so that we can monitor individual and population health, collect research samples (for my work and for collaborations with a number of other universities and researchers including the University of Queensland, Murdoch University, and the Department of Environment and Science) so that we maximise the value of each koala interaction, analyse these research samples for infectious diseases, and conduct field trials of the prototype koala Chlamydia vaccine.
Aug 16, 2018
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