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Research Thesis Topic

Wildlife Responses to Vertebrate Pest Eradications on Remote Livestock Properties


Topic ID
285

Thesis Topic/Title
Wildlife Responses to Vertebrate Pest Eradications on Remote Livestock Properties

Description

Ongoing sheep declines in western Queensland have led to a resurgence in the use of pest-proof fences to exclude economically-important pest animals, primarily wild dogs and kangaroos. Control of these and other pest animals is now being implemented across large areas, view the view to completely eradicating some of them (i.e. wild dogs). These actions have the potential to change fauna assemblages, presenting both negative and positive economic and environmental outcomes. This project involves undertaking and monitoring wildlife responses to the removal and exclusion of wild dogs, feral pigs, kangaroos, foxes and feral cats. The purpose of the project is demonstrate that eradications of wild dogs and feral pigs (and possibly other pest species) are possible, and that threatened fauna and livestock can simultaneously benefit from such actions. The project will involve a substantial amount of travel for fieldwork in remote areas.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment

Field of Research
  • Ecology

Available Academic Programs

Application Open Date
30/08/2017

Application Close Date
31/12/2018

USQ Scholarship Applications

Pre-approved for Ethics
Yes

16REA015, 16REA016


Admission Requirements

Please review the admission requirements for the academic program associated with this Thesis Topic

Ability to travel and work alone for extended periods is required.




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