BSc(Vet) BVSc PhD
Mark Krockenberger was brought up in a family that had a love and strong commitment to wildlife and nature. Consequently, it was not surprising that he acquired a BVSc honours degree from the University of Sydney in 1993. Along the way he took time out to complete a wildlife research BSc (Vet) honours degree in 1992 working under Professor Michael Bryden on the Southern Elephant seal. Upon graduation and marriage to a fellow graduate, Jo and Mark set out to focus on small animal and farm animal practice in Victoria, NSW and the UK. However, the call of his beloved wildlife was too much for Mark and he returned to the Faculty of Veterinary Science in 1997 to undertake a PhD on cryptococcosis in koalas, under the supervision of Paul Canfield and Richard Malik. From that moment, Mark’s academic career flourished and he proved himself to be an outstanding wildlife researcher, teacher and veterinary pathologist. He has an international reputation for his research in both wildlife and companion animals and in 2004 received the Clunies Ross Memorial Award from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Mark has particular interests in fungal diseases, including cryptococcosis, and the broader topic of host:parasite: environment interactions in relation to disease causation. He has over 130 publications and a creditable H index of 28. Mark has received the National Pearson Education Uniserve Science Award in 2006 and a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for outstanding teaching in 2009. He became a registered specialist in Veterinary Pathobiology after successfully completing his Fellowship Examination in Anatomical Pathology through the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Clinical Activities at the University of Sydney.