PhD Students (Current)
I am a PhD student studying the effects of wolf recolonization on mountain lion resource selection in Washington under Drs. Aaron Wirsing, Brian Kertson, and Thomas Newsome.
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.
I am based at the University of Washington, USA.
Lily Van Eeden
Project and Background
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.
I am supervised by Chris Dickman, Mathew Crowther, Thomas Newsome, and Euan Ritchie.
I am based at the University of Sydney, NSW
Honours Students (Current)
Gavin Trewella (Deakin University, Victoria)
Do dingoes (Canis dingo) facilitate behaviourally-mediated trophic cascades in mallee ecosystems?
Evie Jones (Deakin University, Victoria)
Factors influencing feral cat density and distribution in a mallee ecosystem.