Wytamma Wirth

The pathogenesis and epidemiology of ranavirus in northern Queensland freshwater turtles.

Wytamma completed a bachelor of biochemistry and molecular biology and honours in microbiology and immunology at JCU. Wytamma’s research focuses on Australian freshwater turtle health. In his PhD Wytamma is using molecular methods to characterise freshwater turtle host-pathogen interactions and ranavirus epidemiology. Wytamma’s PhD project will expand on his previous work and integrate new areas of research while focusing on community engagement to create a nexus of research and learning, and ultimately improve the lives of our native freshwater turtle species.