Calum Cunningham

Calum is a wildlife ecologist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tasmania, where he researches how apex predators shape ecosystems. Calum is especially interested in whether large predators can reduce the abundance and effects of smaller introduced predators (like foxes and cats), and in doing so, protect small prey species. For his Fulbright Scholarship, Calum will spend 10 months working with Associate Professor Laura Prugh at the University of Washington. Calum will make use of a series of “natural experiments”, like the recovery of wolves in parts of the U.S. and the decline of Tasmanian devils in Australia, to assess how scavenging affects the wellbeing of ecosystems and humans. Ultimately, Calum aims to glean new understanding of the intricacies of how ecosystems function, and then apply this knowledge to help stem the tide of extinction.