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Natasha Wiggins

Natasha Wiggins

Honorary Research Associate

Sandy Bay Campus

Achievements

Natasha has a background in plant-animal interactions that has predominately encompassed the intricate relationships between Australian native fauna and the Eucalyptus genera. Previous research interests have included the nature of mammal foraging behaviour, the pharmacokinetics of plant chemistry in marsupial herbivores and invertebrate seed predation. Natasha is currently researching the home-range utilisation of native macropod populations in Tasmania.

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Fields of Research

  • Zoology (060899)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Behavioural Ecology (060201)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds) (070308)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Animal Management (070203)
  • Ecological Physiology (060203)
  • Basic Pharmacology (111501)
  • Biological Adaptation (060303)
  • Veterinary Pharmacology (070710)
  • Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070507)
  • Environmental Monitoring (050206)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Population Ecology (060207)
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (111502)
  • Molecular Evolution (060409)
  • Evolutionary Biology (060399)
  • Biological Sciences (069999)
  • Forestry Management and Environment (070504)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Forest and Woodlands Land Management (960906)
  • Plant Production and Plant Primary Products (829999)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments (960899)
  • Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960806)
  • Native Forests (820104)
  • Hardwood Plantations (820101)
  • Environmental Management Systems (960604)
  • Veterinary Pharmaceutical Products (860999)
  • Health (929999)
  • Horticultural Crops (820299)
  • Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales (960405)
  • Integration of Farm and Forestry (820103)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960804)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  • Native and Residual Pastures (830403)
  • Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments (960403)
  • Industrial Crops (820399)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production (829899)
  • Natural Hazards in Forest and Woodlands Environments (961004)
  • Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments (960404)

Publications

Total publications

23

Journal Article

(20 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Wiggins NL, Forrister DL, Endara M-J, Coley PD, Kursar TA, 'Quantitative and qualitative shifts in defensive metabolites define chemical defense investment during leaf development in Inga, a genus of tropical trees', Ecology and Evolution, 6, (2) pp. 478-492. ISSN 2045-7758 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1896 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

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2014Wiggins NL, Penny S, Bowman DMJS, Collier N, McMahon CR, 'Using spatio-temporal modelling as a decision support tool for management of a native pest herbivore', Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 12, (1) pp. 163-178. ISSN 1589-1623 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.15666/aeer/1201_163178 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2014Wang R, Yang Y, Wiggins NL, 'Asymmetric or diffusive co-evolution generates meta-populations in fig-fig wasp mutualisms', Science China: Life Sciences, 57, (6) pp. 596-602. ISSN 1674-7305 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11427-014-4653-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1

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2013Matthews A, Ruykys L, Ellis B, Fitzgibbon S, Lunney D, et al., 'The success of GPS collar deployments on mammals in Australia', Australian Mammalogy, 35, (1) pp. 65-83. ISSN 0310-0049 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AM12021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: van Bommel L; Troy S

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2013McMahon CR, Wiggins NL, French V, McCallum HI, Bowman DMJS, 'A report of capture myopathy in the Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii)', Animal Welfare, 22, (1) pp. 1-4. ISSN 0962-7286 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.7120/09627286.22.1.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: McCallum HI; Bowman DMJS

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2013Song B, Tang G, Sang X, Zhang J, Yao Y, et al., 'Intercropping with aromatic plants hindered the occurrence of Aphis citricola in an apple orchard system by shifting predator-prey abundances', Biocontrol Science and Technology, 23, (4) pp. 381-395. ISSN 0958-3157 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09583157.2013.763904 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

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2012Beizhou S, Jie Z, Wiggins NL, Yuncong Y, Guangbo T, et al., 'Intercropping with aromatic plants decreases herbivore abundance, species richness, and shifts arthropod community trophic structure', Environmental Entomology, 41, (4) pp. 872-879. ISSN 0046-225X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1603/EN12053 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 1

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2012McLean S, Davies NW, Wiggins NL, 'Scent chemicals of the Brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula', Journal of Chemical Ecology, 38, (10) pp. 1318-1339. ISSN 0098-0331 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10886-012-0188-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: McLean S; Davies NW

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2011McMahon CR, Buscot M, Wiggins NL, Collier N, Maindonald JH, et al., 'A Two-Phase Model for Smoothly Joining Disparate Growth Phases in the Macropodid Thylogale billardierii', PLoS One, 6, (10) Article e24934. ISSN 1932-6203 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0024934 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2011Wiggins NL, Bowman DMJS, 'Macropod habitat use and response to management interventions in an agricultural-forest mosaic in north-eastern Tasmania as inferred by scat surveys', Wildlife Research, 38, (2) pp. 103-113. ISSN 1035-3712 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR10116 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2010Wiggins NL, Williamson GJ, McCallum HI, McMahon CR, Bowman DMJS, 'Shifts in macropod home ranges in response to wildlife management interventions', Wildlife Research, 37, (5) pp. 379-391. ISSN 1035-3712 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR09144 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Williamson GJ; McCallum HI; Bowman DMJS

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2008Freeman JS, O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Vaillancourt RE, Wiggins NL, Potts BM, 'Quantitative trait loci for key defensive compounds affecting herbivory of eucalypts in Australia', New Phytologist, 178, (4) pp. 846-851. ISSN 0028-646X (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02417.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 27

Co-authors: Freeman JS; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM

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2008McLean SR, Brandon S, Boyle RR, Wiggins NL, 'Development of tolerance to the dietary plant secondary metabolite 1,8-cineole by the Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)', Journal of Chemical Ecology, 34, (5) pp. 672-680. ISSN 0098-0331 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10886-008-9463-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: McLean SR; Brandon S; Boyle RR

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2006Wiggins NL, Marsh KJ, Wallis IR, Foley WJ, McArthur C, 'Sideroxylonal in Eucalyptus foliage influences foraging behviour of an arboreal folivore', Oecologia, 147, (2) pp. 272-279. ISSN 0029-8549 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-005-0268-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 34

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2006Wiggins NL, Marsh KJ, Wallis IR, Foley WJ, McArthur C, 'Sideroxylonal in Eucalyptus foliage influences foraging behviour of an arboreal folivore', Oecologia, 147, (2) pp. 272-279. ISSN 0029-8549 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-005-0268-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 34

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2006Wiggins NL, McArthur C, Davies NW, 'Diet switching in a generalist mammalian folivore: fundamental to maximising intake', Oecologia, 147, (4) pp. 650-657. ISSN 0029-8549 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-005-0305-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 41Web of Science - 39

Co-authors: Davies NW

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2006Wiggins NL, McArthur C, Davies NW, McLean SR, 'Spatial scale of the patchiness of plant poisons: A critical influence on foraging efficiency', Ecology, 87, (9) pp. 2236-2243. ISSN 0012-9658 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/0012-9658(2006)87[2236:SSOTPO]2.0.CO;2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Davies NW; McLean SR

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2006Wiggins NL, McArthur C, Davies NW, McLean SR, 'Behavioural responses of a generalist mammalian folivore to the physiological constraints of a chemically defended diet', Journal of Chemical Ecology, 32, (6) pp. 1133-1147. ISSN 0098-0331 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10886-006-9076-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Davies NW; McLean SR

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2005Boyle RR, McLean SR, Brandon S, Wiggins NL, 'Rapid absorption of dietary 1,8-cineole results in critical blood concentration of cineole and immediate cessation of eating in the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)', Journal of Chemical Ecology, 31, (12) pp. 2775-2790. ISSN 0098-0331 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10886-005-8393-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 29

Co-authors: Boyle RR; McLean SR; Brandon S

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2003Wiggins NL, McArthur C, McLean SR, Boyle RR, 'Effects of two plant secondary metabolites, cineole and gallic acid, on nightly feeding patterns of the Common Brushtail Possum', Journal of Chemical Ecology, 29, (6) pp. 1447-1464 . ISSN 0098-0331 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1023/A:1024221705354 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 67Web of Science - 60

Co-authors: McArthur C; McLean SR; Boyle RR

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Wiggins NL, Bowman DMJS, McMahon CR, McCallum HI, 'Alternatives of 1080 Program - Home Range Shifts in Response to Lethal Control', Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Final (2010) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Bowman DMJS; McCallum HI

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2006Wiggins NL, 'Effects of plant secordary chemistry on foraging behaviour of mammalian herbivores' (2006) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Wiggins NL, O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Paterson SM, Potts BM, 'Do all possums show the same aversion for genetically resistant seeding stock?', Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement Committee, Australia, report 177, pp. 1-19. (2008) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Potts BM

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

6

Total funding

$345,317

Projects

Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference 2009 (2009)$830
Funding
University of Tasmania ($830)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wiggins NL
Year
2009
Alternatives to 1080 Program - Home Range Shifts in Response to Lethal Control (2008 - 2010)$300,000
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($300,000)
Scheme
Grant-Alternatives to 1080 Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Wiggins NL; McNeil DL
Period
2008 - 2010
Investigating a Sustainable Wildlife Management Plan as an Alternative to 1080 Poison (2008)$7,500
Funding
Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust ($7,500)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wiggins NL; Bowman DMJS
Year
2008
Do all possums show the same aversions for genetically resistant seedling stock (2007)$33,187
Funding
Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement ($33,187)
Scheme
Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
O’Reilly-Wapstra JM; Potts BM; Wiggins NL
Year
2007
Interactions between a Native Mammalian Herbivore and a Eucalypt Plantation Species (2005)$1,500
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($1,500)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McLean SR; Wiggins NL
Year
2005
Interactions between a Native Mammalian Herbivore and a Eucalypt Plantation Species (2004)$2,300
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($2,300)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McLean SR; Wiggins NL
Year
2004