Across northern Australia quolls have been severely impacted by cane toads and feral cats. The Pilbara is an important region for Northern Quolls, as it is still cane toad free. A large scale feral cat baiting program is being undertaken by the WA Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) in partnership with Rio Tinto.
The TSR hub is undertaking research on some of the ways that Northern Quolls are responding to the program and also ways that cat baiting could be optimised, both in the Pilbara and in other regions to benefit threatened and other native species. The work is being undertaken through a PhD project by Billy Ross from Charles Darwin University.
Read more about the research here.
Top Image: Northern Quoll. Photo: Nicolas Rakotopare
You have to be pretty lucky to make a living by combining your passion and interests, and that’s exactly how Dr Daniel White feels about his current state of affairs. Dan began his career studying genes, and has since applied his science to saving species. Here he describes how.
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