Honorary Research Associate
B.A. (Hons) (Oxon), M.Sc. (Aberdeen), Ph.D. (Aberdeen)
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Senior Zoologist (DPIPWE Threatened Species Unit)
I carried out my Ph.D. on the fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox), a semi-arboreal mammalian carnivore endemic to the forests of Madagascar. Its ecological similarities to the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) brought me to Tasmania in 2001 to study the latter species' habitat requirements. I subsequently joined the State Government, initially with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program: I spent four years monitoring the impact and distribution of Devil Facial Tumour Disease. I am now Senior Zoologist for the Threatened Species Unit.
While I am interested in all aspects of conservation ecology, I have particularly focussed on understanding and managing the special issues associated with low density, wide-ranging species. This includes their ecological functions and their typical threats, especially habitat fragmentation, as well as disease and persecution. I enjoy working with experts in a range of fields on novel approaches to meet the challenges of monitoring and managing Tasmania's threatened species - from devils, quolls,swift parrots and eagles, through to butterflies, freshwater crayfish and snails.
Authorised by the Head of School, Biological Sciences
1 December, 2014