Honorary Research Associate
B.A. (Hons) (Oxon), M.Sc. (Aberdeen), Ph.D. (Aberdeen)
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Senior Zoologist (DPIPWE Threatened Species Section)
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 Section. I am also the IUCN Australasian Marsupial and Monotreme Specialist Group Red List coordinator and author of the Naturetrackers blog.
While I am interested in all aspects of conservation ecology, I have in the past particularly focussed on understanding and managing the special issues associated with low density, wide-ranging species. I'm now exploring novel approaches to better monitor & manage Tasmania's diverse threatened fauna (from quolls and eagles to skinks, butterflies and burrowing crayfish). There's great new technology to help us - remote cameras, bioacoustics, social media - and in 2015 I was awarded a Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to develop bomb-proof, enduring citizen science study designs for long term monitoring. I enjoy working with experts in a range of fields interested in getting wildlife monitoring to be really effective.
Authorised by the Head of School, Biological Sciences
21 October, 2015