Pests cause billions of dollars in damage to human infrastructure, health, and well-being. This damage may be mediated by appropriate management and/or conservation of key predatory species. For example, native predators may serve a unique role at controlling pests, and this may translate to improved human health and well-being. My project is investigating the impact of predators as pest regulators, using pumas in two locations in the Americas as a case studies. Furthermore, I am studying the impacts of camel culling in Western Australia on water chemistry and depth of watering holes. As a result, my work will help us understand how natural and anthropogenic forces impact regulation of pests, including invasive species, and how that translates economically and ecologically across multiple scales.  

Advisors: Dr Eve McDonald-Madden, Prof Hugh Possingham

Project members

Christopher O'Bryan

Christopher O'Bryan

PhD candidate