Lauren Satterfield (PhD; University of Washington)
I am a PhD student studying the effects of wolf recolonization on mountain lion resource selection in Washington State.
While completing a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College, I was bitten by the travel bug and spent a semester abroad focused on Tibetan and Himalayan Studies with the School for International Training in India and Nepal. My work there included a survey of snow leopard-pastoralist conflict mitigation measures in Hemis National Park and the surrounding areas of Ladakh, India. I honed my field skills as a technician on a mountain lion prey study in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, which spans Montana and Wyoming, before entering graduate school. During my master’s at the University of Georgia, I worked with Drs. John Carroll and Clint Moore to study occupancy, temporal partitioning, and bait preferences of the carnivore community using camera traps in the Tuli block of eastern Botswana. While there, I acted as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course that assisted with leopard and lion research led by the Northern Tuli Predator Project. After graduation, I moved to Cyprus on a Fulbright scholarship working with local biologists to study cave ecology and promote cave conservation on the island. My research interests focus on using a combination of advanced analytical methods and fieldwork to study predator ecology, human-wildlife conflict, and ecosystem health, both domestically and internationally.
Lily Van Eeden (PhD; University of Sydney)
Australia invests never-ending resources into lethal control of dingoes, with little understanding of the benefits for livestock production or impacts on biodiversity.
Changing this system is difficult, so alongside ecological and agricultural research, investigation into the social and political contexts preventing progress in dingo management is essential.
Australia is lagging behind other countries in human-carnivore conflict resolution, so I draw dingo management into an international context for comparison, while identifying public and producer perspectives on dingoes and their management through social surveys.
My research seeks to understand how coexistence can be possible, changing the way we conduct wildlife management to the benefit of biodiversity and rural communities.
Emma Spencer (PhD; University of Sydney)
My research focuses on the vertebrate interactions that occur around carrion resources. In particular, I am interested in the direct interactions that take place between predator species that utilise the resource, as well as the potential cascading effects on live prey in the surrounding system.
Spanning a number of locations across NSW and QLD, I will utilise carcasses, motion sensor cameras, and a series of behavioural experiments to determine the extent to which different scavenger guilds use carrion resources within the landscape; examine the interactions that occur between different scavenger species at carrion sites; examine factors that influence the use of carrion by different scavengers; determine the affect of carrion density on predator activity and explore the indirect effects of carrion on a variety of small mammal and avian species.
Gavin Trewella (Honours 2016; Deakin University, Victoria)
Do dingoes (Canis dingo) facilitate behaviourally-mediated trophic cascades in mallee ecosystems?
Evie Jones (Honours 2016; Deakin University, Victoria)
Factors influencing feral cat density and distribution in a mallee ecosystem.