I’m exploring the ecology of dingoes in the forests of eastern Australia. In particular I’m interested in how dingoes regulate ecosystems by exerting top down suppression on other species. My research is suggesting that dingoes are highly effective at controlling invasive foxes and cats and this, in turn, is beneficial for Australia’s most vulnerable smaller mammals. However, dingoes can also harm livestock and they are poisoned and shot in response. One of my goals is to promote the positive benefits of dingoes for conservation in Australia.
Daniel Hunter - School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia