PhD in Ecology
I have lived and worked in Australia’s deserts for over 25 years and am passionate about conserving Australia’s arid fauna. I have a PhD in reintroduction biology from the University of Adelaide and am currently a Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales. I am primarily interested in improving the plight of threatened species through conducting research and then directly applying the learnings to conservation management. I have conducted research on a range of arid species such as bilbies, quolls, bandicoots, dunnarts, ampurtas, bettongs, numbats, malleefowl, kowaris, hopping mice, woma pythons, possums and stick-nest rats. Research interests include developing novel ways to facilitate co-existence of native species and introduced predators, understanding the role of threatened species in the ecosystem and improving reintroduction success of native fauna. I have conducted research during more than 20 fauna reintroductions and have co-founded four on-ground conservation initiatives; Arid Recovery, Tetepare Island, Wild Deserts and Middleback Alliance. I am particularly interested in using field experiments and large scale field manipulations to understand ecosystems and supervise students on a range of field-based projects.
I am currently conducting research on the following topics. Please contact me if you are interested in Honours or PhD projects on these topics or other arid zone ecology projects.
-Improving reintroduction success through prolonged low level exposure of naive prey to introduced predators
-Extreme heat impacts on native mammals
-Trophic cascades triggered by fenced conservation reserves
-Long term ecological trends in arid zone fauna and rainfall driven changes
-Movements, nesting and survival of the threatened malleefowl
-Improving reintroduction success through manipulation of habitat and release protocols
-Predator hunting behaviour and impact on native species
-Optimising feral animal control methods
-Patterns and drivers of post release population change in threatened reintroduced mammals
-Novel and native predator prey interactions
-The impact of fire on fauna of the Great Victoria Desert