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Ash Porter

Research fellow, CSIRO

My research explores the evolutionary dynamics of zoonotic viruses, including how viruses emerge and adapt in new hosts. I am currently a CSIRO CERC Fellow, working at the Australian National Wildlife Collection. I'm utilising the historical specimens held by the collection to identify viral fragments in Australian wildlife over the past century. These viral fragments will help us understand the wildlife "virosphere" in Australia, including both viral evolution and host-virus dynamics, and how it has changed during major environmental shifts.


  • 2024–present
    Research fellow, CSIRO
  • 2020–2023
    Research officer, University of Melbourne


  • 2020 
    University of Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2016 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Science (Honours)