Feral cat behavior and ecology in the wet tropics

Feral cat behavior and ecology in the wet tropics

Title of Project

Feral cat behavior and ecology in the wet tropics

Advisor/s

Dr Ben Hirsch

College or Research Centre

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

I am seeking a highly motivated PhD student to study the ecology of feral cats in the Wet Tropics bioregion. The goal of this project is to determine the abundance and distribution of feral cats in the Queensland wet tropics region, and understand the ecological role of feral cats in relation to native prey species and introduced predators (dingoes). The main project will involve extensive camera trapping in the Townsville/Cairns region, and will also include using GPS collars on feral cats to better understand their behavior and movement ecology. The scale of the project is somewhat large, and students will be encouraged to focus on a particular part of the project as well as develop their own studies within the larger project umbrella.

Key Words

feral cats; movement ecology; trophic cascades; dingo; camera trap; GPS tracking; rainforest ecoloby

Would suit an applicant who

Previous field work experience is required, and advanced analytical skills (computer programing, GIS, advanced stats experience) may be helpful.

Updated: 10 months ago