Associate Professor Julie Old

Associate Professor Julie Old

ACA, BNatSc,
Natural Science (SoSH)

Biography

Associate Professor Julie Old graduated in September 2002 with a PhD in marsupial immunology and took up a position at Macquarie University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in marsupial immunology. Julie left Macquarie University in February 2006 and joined UWS (now WSU) as a Lecturer in Animal Science. She completed her Masters in Higher Education in 2007 and is currently teaching students in the Zoology, Animal Science and Biology key programs. In addition to her expansive teaching roles, Julie manages the School of Science and Health's Small Native Mammal Teaching and Research Facility at the Hawkesbury campus. She is also the BNatSc Academic Course Advisor. Her key research interests involve the conservation of Australian native mammals and birds, and wildlife immunology. She is a Senior Researcher and Member of the Water and Wildlife Ecology Research Group, and Chief Investigator of WomSAT.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Old.

Qualifications

  • MHighEd Macquarie University
  • PGCertEd Macquarie University
  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BSc (Hons) University of Western Sydney,Nepean
  • BSc University of Western Sydney,Nepean

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Natural Science (SoSH)

Contact

Email: J.Old@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4570 1283
Mobile:
Location: M15.G.60
Hawkesbury
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300424 Animal Health and Welfare, 2013
  • 300801 Animal Science, 2013

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Hermsen, E., Kerle, A. and Old, J. (2016), 'Diet of an inland population of the common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)', Australian Mammalogy, vol 38, no 1 , pp 130 - 134.
  • Ong, O., Young, L. and Old, J. (2016), 'Preliminary genomic survey and sequence analysis of the complement system in non-eutherian mammals', Australian Mammalogy, vol 38, no 1 , pp 80 - 90.
  • Old, J. and Price, M. (2016), 'A case of melanoma in a native Australian murid, the spinifex hopping-mouse (Notomys alexis)', Australian Mammalogy, vol 38, no 1 , pp 117 - 119.
  • Old, J. (2016), 'Haematopoiesis in marsupials', Developmental and Comparative Immunology, vol 58 , pp 40 - 46.
  • Alsemgeest, J., Old, J. and Young, L. (2015), 'The macropod type 2 interferon gene shares important regulatory and functionally relevant regions with eutherian IFN-y', Molecular Immunology, vol 63, no 2 , pp 297 - 304.
  • Stannard, H. and Old, J. (2015), 'Changes to food intake and nutrition of female red-tailed phascogales (Phascogale calura) during late lactation', Physiology and Behavior, vol 151 , pp 398 - 403.
  • Murialdo, G., Kleisner, K., Wolfenden, J. and Old, J. (2015), 'Habitat preferences of an endangered species in developing landscapes : the bush stone-curlew on the central coast of New South Wales, Australia', Australian Zoologist, vol 37, no 3 , pp 294 - 301.
  • Stannard, H., Fabian, M. and Old, J. (2015), 'To bask or not to bask : behavioural thermoregulation in two species of dasyurid, Phascogale calura and Antechinomys laniger', Journal of Thermal Biology, vol 53 , pp 66 - 71.
  • Gurovich, Y., Stannard, H. and Old, J. (2015), 'The presence of the marsupial Dromiciops gliroides in Parque Nacional Los Alerces, Chubut, Southern Argentina, after the synchronous maturation and flowering of native bamboo and subsequent rodent irruption', Revista Chilena de Historia Natural, vol 88 .
  • Ong, O., Young, L. and Old, J. (2015), 'Detection of an active complement system in red-tailed phascogales (Phascogale calura)', Comparative Clinical Pathology, vol 24, no 6 , pp 1527 - 1534.
  • Old, J. (2015), 'Immunological insights into the life and times of the extinct Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus)', PLoS One, vol 10, no 12 .
  • Borthwick, C. and Old, J. (2015), '[In Press] Histological development of the immune tissues of a marsupial, the red-tailed phascogale (Phascogale calura)', Anatomical Record, .
  • Borthwick, C., Young, L. and Old, J. (2014), 'The development of the immune tissues in marsupial pouch young', Journal of Morphology, vol 275, no 7 , pp 822 - 839.
  • Stannard, H. and Old, J. (2014), 'Biology, life history, and captive management of the kultarr (Antechinomys laniger) ', Zoo Biology, vol 33, no 3 , pp 157 - 165.
  • Stannard, H., McAllan, B. and Old, J. (2014), 'Dietary composition and nutritional outcomes in two marsupials, Sminthopsis macroura and S. crassicaudata', Journal of Mammalogy, vol 95, no 3 , pp 503 - 515.
  • Old, J., Spencer, R. and Wolfenden, J. (2014), 'The Common Myna (Sturnus tristis) in urban, rural and semi-rural areas in Greater Sydney and its surrounds', Emu, vol 114, no 3 , pp 241 - 248.
  • Chuck, J. and Old, J. (2014), 'Education of undergraduate Animal Science and Zoology students in professional practice : can we ensure ethical compliance and educational outcomes?', Australian Zoologist, vol 37, no 2 , pp 193 - 200.
  • Stannard, H. and Old, J. (2013), 'Description of the gastrointestinal tract and associated organs of the kultarr (Antechinomys laniger)', Australian Mammalogy, vol 35, no 1 , pp 39 - 42.
  • Stannard, H. and Old, J. (2013), 'Digestibility of two diet items by captive eastern quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus)', Zoo Biology, vol 32, no 4 , pp 417 - 422.
  • Belov, K., Miller, R., Old, J. and Young, L. (2013), 'Marsupial immunology bounding ahead', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 61, no 1 , pp 24 - 40.
  • Kerle, A., Kimmorley, C. and Old, J. (2013), 'An inland population of the common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) at Black Rock Ridge, New South Wales : a preliminary ecological assessment', Australian Mammalogy, vol 35, no 2 , pp 236 - 240.
  • Stannard, H., Borthwick, C., Ong, O. and Old, J. (2013), 'Longevity and breeding in the red-tailed phascogale (Phascogale calura)', Australian Mammalogy, vol 35, no 2 , pp 217 - 219.
  • Alsemgeest, J., Old, J. and Young, L. (2013), 'Molecular characterisation and expression of Interleukin-6 and Interleukin-6?2 in the Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii)', Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, vol 155, no 1-2 , pp 139 - 145.
  • Stannard, H., Young, L. and Old, J. (2013), 'Further investigation of the blood characteristics of Australian quoll (Dasyurus spp.) species', Veterinary Clinical Pathology, vol 42, no 4 , pp 476 - 482.
  • McGlashan, J., Spencer, R. and Old, J. (2012), 'Embryonic communication in the nest : metabolic responses of reptilian embryos to developmental rates of siblings', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 279, no 1734 , pp 1709 - 1715.
  • Old, J. and Spencer, R. (2011), 'Development of online learning activities to enhance student knowledge of animal behaviour prior to engaging in live animal handling practical sessions', Open Journal of Animal Sciences, vol 1, no 2 , pp 65 - 76.
  • Stannard, H. and Old, J. (2011), 'Rate of passage through the kultarr (Antechinomys laniger) digestive tract', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 59 , pp 273 - 276.
  • Stannard, H. and Old, J. (2011), 'Digestibility of feeding regimes of the red-tailed phascogale (Phascogale calura) and the kultarr (Antechinomys laniger) in captivity', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 59, no 4 , pp 257 - 263.
  • Stannard, H., Wolfenden, J. and Old, J. (2010), 'Evaluating the capacity of constructed wetlands to sustain a captive population of Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol 17, no 1 , pp 27 - 34.
  • Stannard, H. and Old, J. (2010), 'Observation of reproductive strategies of captive kultarrs (Antechinomys laniger)', Australian Mammalogy, vol 32, no 2 , pp 179 - 182.
  • Stannard, H., Caton, W. and Old, J. (2010), 'The diet of red-tailed phascogales in a trial translocation at Alice Springs Desert Park, Northern Territory, Australia', Journal of Zoology, vol 280, no 4 , pp 326 - 331.
  • Vilcins, I., Fournier, P., Parola, P., Raoult, D., Old, J. and Deane, E. (2009), 'Evidence for the presence of Francisella and spotted fever group Rickettsia DNA in the Tick Amblyomma fimbriatum (Acari: Ixodidae), Northern Territory, Australia', Journal of Medical Entomology, vol 46, no 4 , pp 926 - 933.
  • Vilcins, I., Old, J. and Deane, E. (2009), 'Detection of a Hepatozoon and spotted-fever group Rickettsia species in the common marsupial tick (Ixodes tasmani) collected from wild Tasmanian devils, Tasmania', Veterinary Parasitology, vol 162, no 1-2 , pp 23 - 31.
  • Vilcins, I., Old, J. and Deane, E. (2009), 'Molecular detection of Rickettsia, Coxiella and Rickettsiella DNA in three native Australian tick species', Experimental and Applied Acarology, vol 49, no 3 , pp 229 - 242.
  • Duncan, L. and Old, J. (2009), 'Characterisation of CD5 cDNA in the Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii)', Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, vol 131 , pp 117 - 121.
  • Old, J., Lowry, J. and Young, L. (2009), 'Scrub-itch mite infestation in the endangered bridled nailtail wallaby', Australian Veterinary Journal, vol 87, no 8 , pp 338 - 341.
  • Vilcins, I., Kosoy, M., Old, J. and Deane, E. (2009), 'Bartonella-like DNA detected in Ixodes tasmani ticks (Acari: Ixodida) infesting Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Victoria, Australia', Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, vol 9, no 5 , pp 499 - 503.
  • Vilcins, I., Ujvari, B., Old, J. and Deane, E. (2009), 'Molecular and morphological description of a Hepatozoon species in reptiles and their tricks in the Northern Territory, Australia', Journal of Parasitology, vol 95, no 2 , pp 434 - 442.
  • Carman, R., Old, J., Baker, M., Jacques, N. and Deane, E. (2009), 'Identification and expression of a marsupial cathelicidin from the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii)', Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, vol 127, no 3-4 , pp 269 - 276.
  • Stannard, H., Caton, W. and Old, J. (2009), 'The diet of red-tailed phascogales in a trial translocation at Alice Springs Desert Park, Northern Territory, Australia', Journal of Zoology, , pp 1 - 6.
  • Vilcins, I., Fournier, P., Old, J. and Deane, E. (2009), 'Evidence for the Presence of Francisella and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia DNA in the Tick Amblyomma fimbriatum (Acari: Ixodidae), Northern Territory, Australia', Journal of Medical Entomology, vol 6, no 4 , pp 926 - 933.
  • Vilcins, I., Old, J., Kortner, G. and Deane, E. (2008), 'Ectoparasites and skin lesions in wild-caught Spotted-Tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae)', Comparative Parasitology, vol 75, no 2 , pp 271 - 277.
  • Vilcins, I., Old, J. and Deane, E. (2008), 'Detection of a spotted fever group Rickettsia in the tick Ixodes tasmani infesting koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Port Macquarie, Australia', Journal of Medical Entomology, vol 45 , pp 745 - 750.
  • Carman, R., Simonian, M., Old, J., Jacques, N. and Deane, E. (2008), 'Immunohistochemistry using antibodies to the Cathelicidin LL37/hCAP18 in the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii)', Tissue and Cell, vol 40 , pp 459 - 466.
  • Old, J., Connelly, L., Francis, J. and Gogler, J. (2007), 'Haematology and serum biochemistry of the Carpentarian Rock-rat (Zyzomys palatalis)', Comparative Clinical Pathology, vol 16, no 4 , pp 249 - 252.
  • Hill, N., Rose, K., Deane, E. and Old, J. (2007), 'Rodentolepis fraterna: the cause of mortality in a new host, the Spinifex hopping mouse (Notomys alexis)', Australian Veterinary Journal, vol 85, no 40575 , pp 62 - 64.
  • Old, J., Hill, N. and Deane, E. (2007), 'Isolation of the mite Mycoptes musculinus Koch from the Spinifex Hopping-mouse (Notomys alexis)', Laboratory Animals, vol 41 , pp 292 - 295.
  • Old, J. and Huveneers, C. (2006), 'Morphology of the blood cells from three species of wobbegong sharks (Orectolobus species) on the East Coast of N. S. W', Zoo Biology, vol 25, no 1 , pp 72 - 83.
  • Old, J., Carman, R., Fry, G. and Deane, E. (2006), 'The immune tissues of the endangered Red-tailed phascogale (Phascogale calura)', Journal of Anatomy, vol 208, no 3 , pp 381 - 387.
  • Ambatipudi, K., Old, J., Guilhaus, M., Raftery, M., Hinds, L. and Deane, E. (2006), 'Proteomic analysis of the neutrophil proteins of the tammar wallaby(Macropus eugenii)', Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D: Genomics and Proteomics, vol 1, no 3 , pp 283 - 291.
  • Old, J., Irving, M. and Deane, E. (2005), 'Histology of the pouch epithelium and the mammary glands during chemically induced oestrus in the brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)', Journal of Anatomy, vol 207, no 1 , pp 97 - 102.
  • Waite, R., Giraud, A., Old, J., Howlett, M., Shaw, G. and Nicholas, K. (2005), 'Cross fostering in Macropus eugenii leads to increased weight but not accelerated gastrointestinal maturation', Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A: Comparative Experimental Biology, vol 303 , pp 331 - 334.
  • Old, J. and Deane, E. (2005), 'Antibodies to the Ross River virus in captive marsupials in urban areas of eastern New South Wales, Australia', Journal of Wildlife Diseases, vol 41 , pp 64 - 67.
  • Vilcins, I., Old, J. and Deane, E. (2005), 'The impact of ticks and tick-borne diseases on native animal species in Australia', Microbiology Australia, , pp 75 - 77.
  • Old, J., Connelly, L., Francis, J., Branch, K., Fry, G. and Deane, E. (2005), 'Haematology and serum biochemistry of three Australian desert murids, the Plains Rat (Pseudomys australis), the Spinifex Hopping-mouse (Notomys alexis) and the Central Rock-rat, (Zyzomys pedunculatus)', Comparative Clinical Pathology, vol 14 , pp 130 - 137.
  • Old, J., Selwood, L. and Deane, E. (2004), 'A developmental investigation of the liver, bone marrow and spleen of the stripe-faced dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura).', Developmental and Comparative Immunology, vol 28, no 4 , pp 347 - 355.
  • Old, J., Selwood, L. and Deane, E. (2004), 'The appearance and distribution of mature T and B cells in the developing immune tissues of the stripe-faced dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura).', Journal of Anatomy, vol 205 , pp 25 - 33.
  • Old, J., Selwood, L. and Deane, E. (2003), 'A histological investigation of the lymphoid and immunohaematopoietic tissues of the adult stripe-faced dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura).', Cells, Tissues, Organs: in vivo, in vitro, vol 173 , pp 115 - 121.
  • Old, J., Selwood, L. and Deane, E. (2003), 'Development of the lymphoid tissues of the stripe-faced dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura).', Cells, Tissues, Organs: in vivo, in vitro, vol 175, no 4 , pp 192 - 201.
  • Old, J. and Deane, E. (2003), 'The lymphoid and immunohaematopoietic tissues of the embryonic brushtail possum, (Trichosurus vulpecula).', Anatomy and Embryology, vol 206 , pp 193 - 197.
  • Old, J. and Deane, E. (2003), 'The detection of mature T and B-cells during development of the lymphoid tissues of the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii).', Journal of Anatomy, vol 203 , pp 123 - 131.
  • Old, J. and Deane, E. (2002), 'The gut-associated lymphoid tissues of the northern brown bandicoot Isoodon macrourus', Developmental and Comparative Immunology, vol 26 , pp 841 - 844.
  • Old, J. and Deane, E. (2002), 'Immunohistochemistry of the lymphoid tissues of the tammar wallaby Macropus eugenii', Journal of Anatomy, vol 201 , pp 257 - 266.
  • Old, J., Deane, E. and Harrison, G. (2001), 'Molecular characterisation of the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii) CD3 epsilon chain cDNA', Molecular Immunology, vol 38 , pp 359 - 364.
  • Old, J. and Deane, E. (2001), 'Histology and immunohistochemistry of the gut-associated lymphoid tissue of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Macropus giganteus.', Journal of Anatomy, vol 199 , pp 657 - 662.

Conference Papers

  • Wright, I., Wallwood, N., Wolfenden, J. and Old, J. (2012), 'Are Australian Chironomids tolerant of water pollution?', Australian Stream Management Conference, Canberra, A.C.T..

Research

Julie is a Senior Researcher and Member of the Water and Wildlife Ecology Research Group and is the Manager of the School of Science and Health's Small Native Mammal Teaching and Research Facility. Her research interests are diverse, however they are mainly directed towards the conservation of Australian native mammals and birds, specifically in the wildlife immunology and ecology areas. Some recent research has involved investigating mange in common wombats, including developing WomSAT, and the role ectoparasites play in the transmission of pathogens to Australian wildlife.

During her PhD studies Julie investigated how the marsupial immune system developments. The marsupial immune tissues develop in a non-sterile pouch environment, and they are therefore unable to mount specific immune responses to pathogens themselves until they are more developed. How the young marsupial survives the pathogenic onslaughts whilst in this supposedly vulnerable state in a microbial-rich pouch continues to be one of Julie's main research focuses.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Old.

Current Projects

Title: Molecular markers of protective immunity in dasyurid mammals
Years: 2013-12-09 - 2016-07-09
ID: P00021826
Western Researchers: Julie Old and Lauren Young
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Understanding Wombat Mange
Years: 2015-08-14 - 2018-08-30
ID: P00022983
Western Researchers: Julie Old
Funding:
  • Wombat Research Donations
Title: Assessing distribution, abundance and habitat preferences of feral Indian Mynas in an urban landscape
Years: 2008-11-27 - 2016-09-30
ID: P00016468
Western Researchers: Ricky Spencer and Julie Old
Funding:
  • Blacktown City Council
Title: Assessing the distribution and impact of Indian Mynas in Wollongong LGA
Years: 2011-11-14 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00020639
Western Researchers: Ricky Spencer and Julie Old
Funding:
  • Wollongong City Council

Previous Projects

Title: WomSAT
Years: 2014-09-01 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00022424
Western Researchers: Julie Old and Ricky Spencer
Funding:
  • Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa
Title: Which species are present and what numbers are they in? An investigation of the impact of pest species on the distribution and abundance of native fauna in the Gosford City Council Area
Years: 2008-04-29 - 2010-04-28
ID: P0016004
Western Researchers: Julie Old and Jack Wolfenden
Funding:
  • Gosford City Council
Title: Development of an Ixodes barcode database
Years: 2006-09-30 - 2007-09-30
ID: P0015259
Western Researchers: Julie Old
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Investigation of antibiotic properties of Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii) pouch lipid secretions
Years: 2006-12-20 - 2008-06-30
ID: P0015429
Western Researchers: Julie Old and Jo-Anne Chuck
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Assessing the impact of foxes on ground nesting shorebirds using new technologies
Years: 2009-06-23 - 2011-06-22
ID: P00016663
Western Researchers: Julie Old, Ricky Spencer and Jack Wolfenden
Funding:
  • Gosford City Council
Title: Success of the re-introduction of platypus to an enclosed/protected wetland system in South Australia: a review after 19 years (Honours Project)
Years: 2007-03-01 - 2007-11-30
ID: P0015745
Western Researchers: Hayley Stannard and Julie Old
Funding:
  • Australian Geographic Society
Title: Wolgan Valley Biodiversity
Years: 2008-09-09 - 2014-12-31
ID: P00016359
Western Researchers: Julie Old, Ricky Spencer and Jack Wolfenden
Funding:
  • Emirates Hotels (Australia) Pty Ltd
Title: The haematology and blood chemistry of spotted-tailed and eastern quolls
Years: 2010-01-01 - 2011-03-01
ID: P00017017
Western Researchers: Hayley Stannard and Julie Old
Funding:
  • Australian Geographic Society
Title: Immunocompetence of the Dasyurid Marsupials
Years: 2010-11-30 - 2013-07-15
ID: P00019613
Western Researchers: Julie Old
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Taking action to improve Wombat health on the Emirates Estates Wolgan Resort Conservation Reserve
Years: 2010-11-12 - 2014-12-31
ID: P00019173
Western Researchers: Julie Old and Jack Wolfenden
Funding:
  • Emirates Hotels (Australia) Pty Ltd
Title: Identification of key sites for protection and habitat enhancement for the endangered Bush Stone-curlew
Years: 2010-03-31 - 2011-08-31
ID: P00018055
Western Researchers: Julie Old, Ricky Spencer and Jack Wolfenden
Funding:
  • Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority

Supervision

Associate Professor Old is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Marsupial Immunology
Field of Research:

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