Calum Cunningham

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Calum Cunningham

Adjunct Researcher


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Fields of Research

  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Population ecology (310307)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology (410202)
  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Animal behaviour (310901)

Research Objectives

  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments (180602)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)


Total publications


Journal Article

(9 outputs)
2023Fielding MW, Cunningham CX, Buettel JC, Stojanovic D, Yates LA, et al., 'Dominant carnivore loss benefits native avian and invasive mammalian scavengers', Royal Society of London Proceedings B Biological Sciences, 289 Article 20220521. ISSN 1471-2954 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2022.0521 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Fielding MW; Buettel JC; Yates LA; Jones ME; Brook BW


2021Bell O, Jones ME, Cunningham CX, Ruiz-Aravena M, Hamilton DG, et al., 'Isotopic niche variation in Tasmanian devils Sarcophilus harrisii with progression of devil facial tumor disease', Ecology and Evolution, 11, (12) pp. 8038-8053. ISSN 2045-7758 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7636 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Jones ME; Ruiz-Aravena M; Hamilton DG; Comte S; Hamede RK


2021Cunningham CX, Comte S, McCallum H, Hamilton DG, Hamede R, et al., 'Quantifying 25 years of disease-caused declines in Tasmanian devil populations: host density drives spatial pathogen spread', Ecology Letters, 24, (5) pp. 958-969. ISSN 1461-0248 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ele.13703 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Hamilton DG; Hamede R; Brook BW; Jones Menna


2020Cunningham CX, Johnson CN, Jones ME, 'A native apex predator limits an invasive mesopredator and protects native prey: Tasmanian devils protecting bandicoots from cats', Ecology Letters, 23, (4) pp. 711-721. ISSN 1461-0248 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ele.13473 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Johnson CN; Jones ME


2019Cunningham CX, Johnson CN, Hollings T, Kreger KM, Jones ME, 'Trophic rewilding establishes a landscape of fear: Tasmanian devil introduction increases risk-sensitive foraging in a key prey species', Ecography, 42, (12) pp. 2053-2059. ISSN 0906-7590 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ecog.04635 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Johnson CN; Hollings T; Kreger KM; Jones ME


2019Cunningham CX, Johnson CN, Jones ME, 'Harnessing the power of ecological interactions to reduce the impacts of feral cats', Biodiversity, 20, (1) pp. 43-47. ISSN 1488-8386 (2019) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/14888386.2019.1585289 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Johnson CN; Jones ME


2019Cunningham CX, Scoleri V, Johnson CN, Barmuta LA, Jones ME, 'Temporal partitioning of activity: rising and falling top-predator abundance triggers community-wide shifts in diel activity', Ecography, 42, (12) pp. 2157-2168. ISSN 0906-7590 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ecog.04485 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Scoleri V; Johnson CN; Barmuta LA; Jones ME


2018Cunningham CX, Johnson CN, Barmuta LA, Hollings T, Woehler EJ, et al., 'Top carnivore decline has cascading effects on scavengers and carrion persistence', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285, (1892) Article 20181582. ISSN 0962-8452 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1582 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 52Web of Science - 50

Co-authors: Johnson CN; Barmuta LA; Woehler EJ; Jones ME


2016Cunningham CX, Prowse TAA, Masters P, Cassey P, 'Home range, habitat suitability and population modelling of feral Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) on Kangaroo Island, South Australia', Australian Journal of Zoology, 64, (2) pp. 107-116. ISSN 0004-959X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/ZO15045 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Long-term ecological effects of Tasmanian devil decline (2016 - 2018)$18,750
This project investigates how the disease-induced decline of the Tasmanian devil affects prey behaviour and the composition of the mammal community.
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($18,750)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Johnson CN; Cunningham CX
2016 - 2018