Society News and Obituaries

Obituary, Dr. Michael (Mick) David Brunskill Burt (1938-2014)

Today we are saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Emeritus Dr. Michael (Mick) David Brunskill Burt (1938-2014). His obituary notice is attached and highlights his exemplary career.

Mick developed a lifelong passion for the field of parasitology and remained a mentor for students in the field even up until this year. May his commitment to teaching and understanding the complexity of parasites inspire us all. Below is the message from his obituary (file attached)

The death of Michael (Mick) David Brunskill Burt of Fredericton occurred on Saturday, March 8th,
2014 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, NB.
Mick Burt was born on January 19, 1938 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and he moved home to Scotland
with his family in 1946. He attended the University of St Andrews, obtaining a BSc (Honours) and a
PhD in Parasitology. In 1964, he moved to Fredericton to take a position at UNB, where he began
his long career teaching Biology and investigating his life-long passion, the lives of parasitic
organisms. Over the past fifty years, Dr. Burt was the recipient of many prestigious awards for
teaching and research. His extensive service to the university, which included 11 years as
Chairperson of the Biology Department and 7 years as President of the Faculty Club, was eclipsed
only by his service to the community and to innumerable national and international organizations.
Although he retired from UNB in 1995, he remained active in the Biology Department as lifetime
Professor Emeritus and Honorary Research Professor, teaching and supervising students until this
year. He also worked for many years as Director of Academic Programs at the Huntsman Marine
Science Centre in St. Andrews By-the –Sea. Thousands of Biology students will remember his
excellent lectures imbued with rich anecdotes. The impact he had on these students can be seen
throughout the province and beyond in their work as nurses, teachers and scientists.
Mick’s many passions included his internationally renowned research, teaching, travelling and
fishing. He loved to entertain, cooking gourmet meals, playing piano, telling stories, and sharing
fine wine and single malts. Many colleagues around the world will remember his hospitality,
leadership and his friendship.
Mick was predeceased by his parents, David Raitt Robertson Burt and Margherita (Brunskill) Burt,
and his brother Dr. James Robertson Burt.
He is survived by his sister, Susan Jamieson; children - Carolyn Ramsay (Bert Ramsay), Diane Burt
(Cenk Acar), Sheila Burt (Gordon Thomas), and David Burt (Erin Whitmore) and their mother Joan
Burt; children - Katherine Burt and Hilary Burt and their mother Barbara MacKinnon; grandchildren -
Jessica Ramsay, Chris Bielecki, Stefan Bielecki, Emily Bielecka and Alec Dobbelsteyn; and nieces
and nephews and their families – Peter Burt, Fiona Jamieson, David Jamieson, Graeme Jamieson,
and Catriona Jamieson.
Resting at McAdam’s Funeral Home (160 York Street, Fredericton, NB) with visiting on Friday,
March 14th, 2014, from 2-4 and 7-9PM. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 15th,
2014 at 2:00PM, in the J.A. McAdam Memorial Chapel, with Reverend Monte Peters officiating. In
lieu of flowers, donations made to the Dr. Michael Burt Graduate Scholarship in Biology at UNB
would be appreciated by the family.

With respect and condolences,

Christopher N Weir,
on behalf of Prof. Alan F Cowman, FRS FAA.

(posted by Australian Society for Parasitology at 2014-Apr-01 UTC; valid until 2019-Apr-13 UTC)


Transfer of the US National Parasite Collection (NPC)

In 2013, the decision was made to transfer the US National Parasite Collection (NPC) from the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Beltsville, MD to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Eric P. Hoberg (senior curator of the NPC) and Anna Phillips, are distributing an announcement with details of the transfer to journals, newsletters, and professional societies that serve as information outlets to the users of the NPC and the global parasitology community. The purpose of this announcement is to inform the user community of the transfer, to provide a timeline for the transfer with details of procedures for accessing and using the NPC and its database during and after completion of the transfer, and to direct users to resources for more information.

Please see the attached document for more information.

(posted by Australian Society for Parasitology at 2014-Jun-04 UTC; valid until 2019-Dec-19 UTC)


Obituary- Associate Professor Ian Whittington

It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that Associate Professor Ian Whittington passed away last Sunday (27 October 2014) after a long illness.   Ian was 54 years old.

Throughout his career, Ian has been an enthusiastic researcher and a champion of studies of the biology of monogenean parasites of fishes. After completing his PhD under the supervision of Dr Graham Kearn at the University of East Anglia, UK, Ian moved to Brisbane in 1987 to take up a University of Queensland Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Parasitology.   He was to remain in Brisbane until 2001, serving in a number of key academic positions including Senior Lecturer in that Department and Director of the Heron Island Research Station.

In 2001, Ian moved to Adelaide to take up senior scientific and academic positions at the South Australian Museum and University of Adelaide.   Ian was the Head of Biological Sciences at the Museum and the senior science representative on the Executive Team of the Museum.

Ian was passionate about monogeneans.   He published over 170 articles on the biology and taxonomy of these important external parasites. He made significant contributions to the knowledge of tropical marine parasitology.   Ian was an important consultant to the aquaculture industry on the biology and control of these pathogenic organisms, and many of his graduate students now work in senior fisheries and aquaculture positions in government.   Ian served on the editorial boards of many journals in parasitology.   He chaired the organizing committees of a number of conferences, notably the International Symposium on Monogeneans and a recent ASP conference in Adelaide.

Ian passed away at a hospice in Adelaide, surrounded by family and friends.   A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in coming days.

Robin B. Gasser,

On behalf of ASP Executive.

(posted by Australian Society for Parasitology at 2014-Oct-29 UTC; valid until 2019-Dec-29 UTC)


Russian Journal of Parasitology

Information about the Russian Journal of Parasitology can be found at the link given below. The journal and website is undergoing a makeover currently and is in the process of being listed on the Web of Knowledge/Web of Science. If you are interested in reading archived editions or submitting then please follow the associated links on the website. For any questions please feel free to ask Dr. Nina Samoylovskaya (editorial staff and on the editorial board, email or myself (on the editorial board, email

The Russian Journal of Parasitologу is intended for researchers in the area of medical, veterinary and phyto- parasitology from different countries: Russia, CIS, Middle East and Far abroad. Additionally, it is the only publication in Russia on veterinary parasitology and helminthology.

Regards, Christopher Weir.

More information-

(posted by Australian Society for Parasitology at 2014-Jul-31 UTC; valid until 2019-Dec-31 UTC)