South Australian Museum Staff
- Head of Biological Sciences
Associate Professor Ian Whittington is also a Senior Research Fellow and Reader in Parasitology at the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide.
Associate Professor Ian Whittington, a parasitologist specialising in flatworm parasites of marine fishes, has interests in all things parasitic. His career has spanned university departments/schools of biology, parasitology and environmental sciences.
Ian gained BSc and PhD degrees at The University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK). He arrived in Australia (January 1987) for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Parasitology, The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane. Two other fellowships including a Queen Elizabeth II award (1990-92), a 5-year lectureship (1993-1997), promotion to Senior Lecturer (1997) and secondment as Director of Heron Island Research Station (1996-1999) on the Great Barrier Reef, were career highlights of Ian's 15-years at University of Queensland.
In 2001, Ian accepted a position as Senior Research Scientist in Parasitology at The South Australian Museum. With a joint appointment as Senior Research Fellow in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (SEES) at The University of Adelaide, Ian Whittington leads the Marine Parasitology Laboratory where he supervises Honours and PhD students studying different aspects of marine parasites in wild and farmed fish species. Ian also teaches into undergraduate courses offered by SEES and is involved broadly in marine sciences and marine parasitology in South Australia, nationally and internationally.
Associate Professor Whittington is responsible for the Australian Helminthological Collection at The South Australian Museum, the largest assembly of parasitic worms nationally. His broad role is to conduct research on marine parasites of wild and cultivated fish populations through the Monogenean Research Laboratory.