My research field is wildlife parasitology. I have worked on taxonomy and systematics of nematodes, and more recently, acanthocephalans, and dabbled in some climate change-related stuff.

Taxonomy is the science of describing species. Here’s me explaining what it’s all about:

Some of my recent publications include:

In 2010, I was an invited speaker at the Theme Symposium of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, in Calgary, Canada. I was also a panel member for a public forum on climate change and parasitic diseases, organised by the City of Melbourne (link).

In August 2011, I received a Churchill Fellowship, to travel overseas to learn new techniques for working with acanthocephalans from fish.

Books and chapters:

Weaver HJ (2014) Helminth parasites of humans. IN: Climate change and human health (ed. C. Butler). CABI Publishing, UK. ISBN 9781780642659.

Viggers JI, Weaver HJ, Lindenmayer DL. (2013) Melbourne’s Water Supply: a perspective on a world-class supply system. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. ISBN 9781486300068.

Peer-reviewed publications:

Weaver HJ (2014) Ticks from the northern quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus from northern Queensland. Australian Journal of Zoology online early:

Barton PS, Weaver HJ, Manning AD (2014). Contrasting diversity dynamics of phoretic mites and beetles associated with vertebrate carrion. Experimental and Applied Acarology. 63, 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s10493-013-9758-7.

Weaver HJ and Smales LR (2014) Two species of Acanthocephala (Rhadinorhynchidae and Transvenidae) from elasmobranchs from Australia. Comparative Parasitology 81, 110-113.

Weaver HJ and Smales LR (2013) Filisoma filiformis n. sp. (Echinorhynchida: Cavisomidae), a new species of Acanthocephala from Kyphosus spp. (Perciformes: Kyphosidae) from the South Pacific, and a key to the genus Filisoma. Comparative Parasitology 80, 33 – 38.

Weaver HJ and Smales LR (2012) Parasite assemblages of Australian Pseudomys (Rodentia: Muridae). Journal of Parasitology. 98(1), 30-35. doi:10.1645/GE-2747.1.

Blashki G, Armstrong G, Berry H, Weaver HJ, Harley D, Bi P, Rissel C and Spickett J. (2011) Preparing health services for climate change in Australia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 23(2), 133-143. doi:10.1177/1010539510395121.

Weaver HJ, Hawdon JM, Hoberg EP. (2010) Soil-transmitted helminthiases: implications of climate change and human behaviour. Trends in Parasitology. 26(12), 574-581 doi:10.1016/

Weaver HJ, Blashki G, Capon AG and McMichael AJ. (2010) Climate change and Australia’s health care system – risks, research and responses. Australian Health Review. 34(4), 441-444 doi:10.1071/AH09829.

 Weaver HJ and Smales LR (2010) Three new species of Syphacia (Syphacia) Seurat (Nematoda: Oxyuridae) from Zyzomys Thomas and Pseudomys Gray (Rodentia: Muridae) from Queensland, Australia. Comparative Parasitology. 77(1), 9-19.

Weaver HJ and Smales LR (2009) The parasite assemblages of Zyzomys argurus (Thomas, 1889) (Muridae: Murinae) from northern Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology. 57(6), 429-432.

Barton PS and Weaver HJ (2009) Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) and rainfall associations with arbovirus disease in eastern Victoria. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia. 133(2), 257-264.

Kjellstrom T and Weaver HJ (2009) Climate change in New South Wales: impacts, vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation.  New South Wales Public Health Bulletin.  20(1-2), 5-9. DOI: 10.1071/NB08053

Weaver HJ and Smales LR (2008) New species of Syphacia (Syphacia) Seurat (Nematoda: Oxyuridae) from Pseudomys species (Rodentia: Muridae) from central Australia. Zootaxa. 1775, 39-50.

Weaver HJ and Barton PS (2008) A new species of sucking louse (Phthiraptera: Anoplura) from Australia, and a key to the Australian species of Hoplopleura. Zootaxa. 1679, 55-62.

Weaver HJ and Smales LR (2006) Syphacia (Syphacia) abertoni n. sp. (Nematoda: Oxyuridae) from Zyzomys argurus (Thomas) (Rodentia: Muridae) from northern Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia. 130, 206-210.

Weaver HJ and Aberton JG (2004) A survey of ectoparasite species on small mammals during autumn and winter at Anglesea, Victoria. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. 125, 205-210.