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Matthew Shaw is an aspiring Parasitologist who works in the Inquiry Centre, Queensland Museum, Brisbane. He is studying nest-based mites for his PhD at the Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Queensland. In late 1998, Matthew travelled to North Queensland to do some preliminary research on paralysis ticks. Travel costs to North Queensland were generously paid by the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. The initial approach to the problem was to try and get some data on tick abundance by trapping bandicoots with cage traps and ticks with dry ice (CO2). Matthew became temporarily "feral" crawling through lantana thickets. At night, tall ladders were climbed up into the dripping rainforest canopy to inspect possum dens while the residents were out feeding. The possums' bedding and associated parasites were vacuumed and removed. Such is the life of a parasitologist! Matthew has found that there is a lot of work to do on the paralysis tick/Spectacled flying fox interaction.