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The Dave Spratt Award

In 2016 the award was presented to Tim Portas. It was decided to make the award perpetual and at most annual. The award consists of a plaque mounted on a board of red cedar, Toona ciliata. Tim was nominated by Dave Spratt and seconded by Andrew Peters. There was unanimous support for his nomination by the executive committee. The longstanding contribution by Tim to the integration of the WDA-A Section into the international WDA was recognised in the nomination.

During 2013, the WDA Australasian Section executive committee established a new award, to honour a long standing WDA-A member who has made an outstanding contribution to our Section. The award is named the Dave Spratt Award (fondly referred to as “The Spratty Award”) in recognition of one of the founding members of our Section, Dave Spratt. It’s anticipated that this award will only be presented occasionally, and will be reserved to show appreciation for exceptional members who have made a long term commitment to our Section. It will come as no surprise that the first recipient of the Award was none other than Dave Spratt himself.

On the final morning of the Grampians conference (Oct 2013), Spratty was taken by surprise as conference proceedings were hijacked and the whole WDA-A executive committee, accompanied by Ian Beveridge and David Jessup, announced and presented this new award to him. Ian Beveridge gave a short talk about Spratt’s career and contribution to the WDA-A – some of his words are captured below.

About Dave Spratt
Dave was a founding member of the Australasian section of the WDA and was the Australasian editor for JWD for many years. In addition, Dave has helped numerous members of the WDA with parasite identifications over the years. As a consequence, his contribution to the WDA and its individual members over 40 years has been enormous and unstinting.
Dave Spratt obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and started his Master’s degree on the ecology of wolves in Algonquin Park. However, on a field trip to Algonquin Park, he encountered a group of parasitologists also engaged in field work there, and switched to parasitology - later completing his Master’s degree on the meningeal worm of deer, Parelaphostrongylus tenuis. He subsequently completed his PhD at the University of Queensland on the life-cycle of the sub-cutaneous filarioid kangaroo nematode Dirofilaria roemeri (now Pelecitus roemeri), showing that it is transmitted by tabanid flies and that its development varied in different species of kangaroos and wallabies. 

He went on to join the CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research in Canberra.