Promoting Human-carnivore Co-existence: Examining Non-lethal approaches for Sustainable Dingo Management

School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Dr Bradley Smith
Dr Tina McAdie


Current methods of controlling predators (including the dingo in Australia) favour lethal control. However, such methods are considered ineffective in the long term, and reflect changing public opinion of managing wildlife. We are seeking Masters or PhD candidates to help develop and evaluate the efficacy of novel management solutions for protecting dingo populations, whilst mitigating their impact on livestock enterprises, native wildlife, and negative human-dingo interactions. The likely candidate will carry out a combination of captive and field-based studies with dingoes. This requires candidates with captive or field-based experience working with wildlife, knowledge and experience carrying out research relating to animal behaviour, and willingness to conduct field work and develop relationships with industry partners. Some research relating to human attitudes may also be involved. A background in psychology, animal science, zoology and/or ecology is preferred. The broad aim of our team is to help establish evidence-based initiatives and long-term management strategies to mitigate human-dingo conflict, as well as engage and inform the global debate about managing large carnivores and promoting human-carnivore co-existence.

Environmental Sciences| Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences| Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Dingo, Conservation, Non-lethal control, dogs, human-wildlife conflict
From January 2021
Either Masters or Doctorate
Adelaide| Online

Other special notes

Funding is also provided by CQUniversity to support research higher degree student project costs, and to support national and international conference presentations. This includes:

For masters by research candidates:

  • up to $4000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $3000 for Candidate Travel Support

For doctoral candidates:

  • up to $6000 in Candidate Support Funds
  • up to $4000 for Conference Travel Support

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