Hugh McGregor

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Hugh McGregor

Adjunct Researcher


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Fields of Research

  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Wildlife and habitat management (410407)
  • Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology (410202)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Behavioural ecology (310301)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)

Research Objectives

  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments (180602)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in coastal and estuarine environments (180204)
  • Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments (180404)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)
  • Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems (180301)


Total publications


Journal Article

(26 outputs)
2021Jansen J, McGregor H, Axford G, Dean AT, Comte S, et al., 'Long-distance movements of feral cats in semi-arid South Australia and implications for conservation management', Animals, 11, (11) Article 3125. ISSN 2076-2615 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ani11113125 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jansen J; Dean AT; Johnson CN; Jones M


2021McGregor H, Moseby K, Johnson CN, Legge S, 'Effectiveness of thermal cameras compared to spotlights for counts of arid zone mammals across a range of ambient temperatures', Australian Mammalogy pp. 1-8. ISSN 0310-0049 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AM20040 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Johnson CN


2021Moseby KE, McGregor H, Read JL, 'The lethal 23%: predator demography influences predation risk for threatened prey', Animal Conservation, 24, (2) pp. 217-229. ISSN 1367-9430 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/acv.12623 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6


2021Ondei S, Prior LD, McGregor HW, Reid AM, Johnson CN, et al., 'Small mammal diversity is higher in infrequently compared with frequently burnt rainforest-savanna mosaics in the north Kimberley, Australia', Wildlife Research, 48, (3) pp. 218-229. ISSN 1035-3712 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR20010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Ondei S; Prior LD; Johnson CN; Bowman DMJS


2020Andersen GE, McGregor HW, Johnson CN, Jones ME, 'Activity and social interactions in a wideranging specialist scavenger, the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), revealed by animalborne video collars', PLOS ONE, 15, (3) Article e0230216. ISSN 1932-6203 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230216 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Andersen GE; Johnson CN; Jones ME


2020Legge S, Woinarski JCZ, Dickman CR, Doherty TS, McGregor H, et al., 'Cat ecology, impacts and management in Australia', 47, (8) pp. i-vi. ISSN 1035-3712 (2020) [Edited Journal]

DOI: 10.1071/WRv47n8_ED [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6


2020McDonald PJ, Stewart A, Jensen MA, McGregor HW, 'Topographic complexity potentially mediates cat predation risk for a critically endangered rodent', Wildlife Research, 47, (8) pp. 643-648. ISSN 1035-3712 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR19172 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6


2020McGregor H, Moseby K, Johnson CN, Legge S, 'The short-term response of feral cats to rabbit population decline: Are alternative native prey more at risk?', Biological Invasions, 22, (2) pp. 799-811. ISSN 1387-3547 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-019-02131-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Johnson CN


2020McGregor H, Read J, Johnson CN, Legge S, Hill B, et al., 'Edge effects created by fenced conservation reserves benefit an invasive mesopredator', Wildlife Research, 47, (8) pp. 677-685. ISSN 1035-3712 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR19181 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Johnson CN


2020Moseby KE, McGregor H, Hill BM, Read JL, 'Exploring the internal and external wildlife gradients created by conservation fences', Conservation Biology, 34, (1) pp. 220-231. ISSN 0888-8892 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13389 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8


2020Moseby KE, McGregor H, Read JL, 'Effectiveness of the Felixer grooming trap for the control of feral cats: A field trial in arid South Australia', Wildlife Research, 47, (8) pp. 599-609. ISSN 1035-3712 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR19132 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15


2020Woinarski JCZ, Legge SM, Woolley LA, Palmer R, Dickman CR, et al., 'Predation by introduced cats Felis catus on Australian frogs: Compilation of species records and estimation of numbers killed', Wildlife Research, 47, (8) pp. 580-588. ISSN 1035-3712 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR19182 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 18


2019Murphy BP, Woolley LA, Geyle HM, Legge SM, Palmer R, et al., 'Introduced cats (Felis catus) eating a continental fauna: The number of mammals killed in Australia', Biological Conservation, 237 pp. 28-40. ISSN 0006-3207 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.06.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 72Web of Science - 71


2019Read JL, Bowden T, Hodgens P, Hess M, McGregor H, et al., 'Target specificity of the felixer grooming 'trap'', Wildlife Society Bulletin, 43, (1) pp. 112-120. ISSN 0091-7648 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wsb.942 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 17


2019Woolley LA, Geyle HM, Murphy BP, Legge SM, Palmer R, et al., 'Introduced cats Felis catus eating a continental fauna: inventory and traits of Australian mammal species killed', Mammal Review, 49, (4) pp. 354-368. ISSN 0305-1838 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/mam.12167 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 39Web of Science - 40


2017Legge S, Murphy BP, McGregor H, Woinarski JCZ, Augusteyn J, et al., 'Enumerating a continental-scale threat: How many feral cats are in Australia?', Biological Conservation, 206 pp. 293-303. ISSN 0006-3207 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.11.032 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 156Web of Science - 155

Co-authors: Fancourt BA; Hohnen R; Johnson CN


2016Bengsen AJ, Algar D, Ballard G, Buckmaster T, Comer S, et al., 'Feral cat home-range size varies predictably with landscape productivity and population density', Journal of Zoology, 298, (2) pp. 112-120. ISSN 0952-8369 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12290 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 49Web of Science - 47


2016Leahy L, Legge SM, Tuft K, McGregor HW, Barmuta LA, et al., 'Amplified predation after fire suppresses rodent populations in Australia's tropical savannas', Wildlife Research, 42, (8) pp. 705-716. ISSN 1035-3712 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR15011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 124Web of Science - 125

Co-authors: Leahy L; Barmuta LA; Jones ME; Johnson CN


2016McGregor HW, Colloff MJ, Lunt ID, 'Did early logging or changes in disturbance regimes promote high tree densities in river red gum forests?', Australian Journal of Botany, 64, (6) pp. 530-538. ISSN 0067-1924 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/BT16025 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7


2016McGregor HW, Hampton JO, Lisle D, Legge S, 'Live-capture of feral cats using tracking dogs and darting, with comparisons to leg-hold trapping', Wildlife Research, 43, (4) pp. 313-322. ISSN 1035-3712 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR15134 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 17


2016McGregor HW, Legge S, Jones ME, Johnson CN, 'Extraterritorial hunting expeditions to intense fire scars by feral cats', Scientific Reports, 6 Article 22559. ISSN 2045-2322 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/srep22559 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 74Web of Science - 71

Co-authors: Jones ME; Johnson CN


2016McGregor HW, Legge SM, Jones ME, Johnson CN, 'GPS collars are more efficient when collecting high-frequency data', Australian Mammalogy, 38, (2) pp. 237-240. ISSN 0310-0049 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AM15034 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Jones ME; Johnson CN


2015McGregor H, Legge S, Jones ME, Johnson CN, 'Feral cats are better killers in open habitats, revealed by animal-borne video', PLoS ONE, 10, (8) Article e0133915. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133915 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 139Web of Science - 139

Co-authors: Jones ME; Johnson CN


2015McGregor HW, Legge S, Potts J, Jones ME, Johnson CN, 'Density and home range of feral cats in north-western Australia', Wildlife Research, 42, (3) pp. 223-231. ISSN 1035-3712 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR14180 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 58Web of Science - 59

Co-authors: Jones ME; Johnson CN


2014McGregor HW, Legge S, Jones ME, Johnson CN, 'Landscape management of fire and grazing regimes alters the fine-scale habitat utilisation by feral cats', PLoS One, 9, (10) Article e109097. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109097 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 162Web of Science - 163

Co-authors: Jones ME; Johnson CN


2013Hohnen R, Ashby J, Tuft K, McGregor Hugh, 'Individual identification of northern quolls (Dasyurus hallucatus) using remote cameras', Australian Mammalogy, 35, (2) pp. 131-135. ISSN 0310-0049 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AM12015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 37

Co-authors: Hohnen R


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Integrating fire and predator management to conserve threatened species (2018 - 2020)$529,001
Australian Research Council ($529,001)
Grant-Linkage Projects
Administered By
University of Melbourne
Research Team
Wintle B; McGregor H; Driscoll DA; Woinarski J; York AK; Di Stefano J; Giljohann K; Robinson NM; Wiegand T; Robley A; Wright JR; Pascoe J
2018 - 2020
Grant Reference
Is the Felixer cat trap safe for native carnivores? (2016)$5,000
Feral cats are a huge threat to our native wildlife and agriculture but are notoriously hard to control via shooting, trapping and baiting. We aim to test whether the Felixer, a new robotic grooming trap for feral cats, is safe for native cat-like animals such as the vulnerable spotted-tailed quoll. If it can avoid impacts on these native carnivores, this device could be a vital weapon in the fight against feral cats.
Experiment ($5,000)
Grant - Cats Challenge Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Johnson CN; McGregor H; Hamer RP