A/Prof Daniel Ramp
I am a conservation biologist with an interest in landscape ecology, behavioural ecology, road ecology, and wildlife-human interactions. At the core of my research lies an adoption of the principles of compassionate conservation, promoting the wellbeing of individuals and entanglements with nature. I am active in creating science that assists in policy change and my primary goal is to incentivise coexistence with wildlife in agricultural landscapes.
Dr Arian Wallach
My research explores how the redistribution of species into new areas by humans influences biodiversity trends, and how apex predators influence native-non-native interactions. I take an interdisciplinary approach to “wicked problems”, combining ecological science with animal ethics to promote compassionate and effective approaches to conservation challenges. My research is applied and is based upon extensive fieldwork in multiple countries, where I work to develop, test, and apply non-lethal and non-invasive strategies that enable the persistence of species in a manner that avoids causing intentional suffering to individual wild animals. By collaborating with landholders, I have helped secure protection for wild animals across vast areas, and have documented the benefits of wildlife friendly practices for farming, conservation, and society.
Caitlin has a passion for conservation with an interest in non-invasive methods for monitoring populations. After undertaking her Honours project in the Kimberley, WA, developing a robust methodology for estimating population size of northern quolls using camera traps, Caitlin has gone on to continue her studies in mammalian conservation. She is currently undertaking a PhD as part of the Centre for Compassionate Conservation, studying the decline, fragmentation, and welfare of kangaroos in NSW.
Esty Yanco is currently pursuing a PhD in socio-ecology at the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at University of Technology Sydney. Following several years of wildlife veterinary training and research in Israel and the United States, Esty shifted her focus from rehabilitating injured wildlife to addressing sources of common wildlife injuries. She received her Masters in Science in Conservation Medicine, an emerging field that approaches wildlife health and conservation issues holistically by integrating all aspects of animal, human, and environmental health into a comprehensive discipline, from Tufts University (USA) in 2016. Inspired by her conservation medicine background, Esty has devised an exciting PhD program to explore improved ecological and production benefits from Wildlife-Friendly Farming practices around the world. Wildlife-Friendly Farming methods are being pursued in various ways under different contexts, but so far, scientists have been unable to reach a consensus regarding the benefits of such practices for local ecologies, communities, and agricultural industries. As part of the CfCC’s goal to test the efficacy of Wildlife-Friendly Farming practices, Esty will bring her holistic conservation medicine background to the CfCC with a project that explores the overall benefits of non-lethal farming practices worldwide.
I am an ethologist and ecologist studying the red fox, their predators and prey around the globe. My research interests include behavioural ecology, trophic cascades, human-wildlife coexistence, the social lives of predators and understanding human attitudes toward wildlife and how they influence science. Currently in the 2nd year of my PhD, my research aims to identify how ecological context (whether the fox is native or introduced, killed or protected) shapes the behavioural and ecological interactions foxes have with their predators and prey. Throughout my PhD I aim to identify how modifications to human behaviour could better enable coexistence between all constituents of novel Australia.
My research focuses on the ecosystem processes and characteristics emerging from novel ecosystems. Studying these novel interactions provides an opportunity to see modern ecosystems more clearly and to test key assumptions behind conservation philosophies. In particular, much of my field research has been focused on ecosystem engineering by introduced megafauna. Complimentary to this work, I have worked to develop a large international collaboration focused on macroecological questions regarding how the twin forces of extinction and introduction have shaped ecosystems from the Late Pleistocene to today. The fundamental goal of my research is to provide insights that can help shape ethical and practical responses to ecological change.
I am a PhD candidate, and my PhD project is about the bioaccumulation of trace elements in Australian waterbirds. This project is attempting to study the obscure linkages between heavy metal accumulation in different taxonomic groups and trophic levels, and the geographical comparison will also be considered to help understand the influence from geological layers.
My passions have always been focussed around nature conservation. Growing up, the conservation approaches that surrounded me often conflicted with my innate compassion for individuals. Following the notion that wildlife conservation was only possible by causing suffering to animals never really made sense to me. The Compassionate Conservation community is one which I am truly grateful to be part of. My PhD research is centred around the conservation of large predators – a group of animals particularly susceptible to conflict with humans. I have been based in the Middle East, studying the desert-adapted Arabian wolf and the important roles they play within the ecocsystem. Wolves are persecuted across much of the Middle East, where ‘safe’ protected areas are quite scarce. Political boundaries and differences in human landscape use create a ‘landscape of fear’ for wolves, where wolf activity varies as a response to human-wolf relationships. These relationships don’t only affect wolf populations, but they often cause knock-on effects at various levels within the food chain – a process known as trophic cascades. My research investigates these trophic cascades; specifically, how activity and behaviour of a range of mammals, from wolves to foxes and rodents, differ spatially and temporally across these landscapes of fear.
Andrea has a passion for animal welfare, in particular the behaviour and welfare of horses. Andrea graduated as a veterinarian from University of Bristol (UK) in 2000, going on to specialise in feline medicine. As a RCVS Registered Specialist in Feline Medicine, and European Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine, she has published and lectured widely in this field. After relocating to Australia in 2011, Andrea developed a broader interest in animal welfare science, alongside particular interests in brumbies both in the wild and in captivity. This inspired her to undertake a PhD studying the population ecology and welfare of Australian wild horses (brumbies). In her spare time she enjoys training and rehabilitating brumbies on the farm she shares with her partner and many rescued farm animals.
Louise is part of the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she works on projects that aim to conserve biodiversity in a way that does not impact the welfare of individual wild animals. Louise is very interested in exploring the emerging field of predator friendly farming to transform human relationships with nature from one of conflict to one of coexistence.
Chris is studying provenance detection using real-time forensics in the illegal wildlife trade.