Richard Beggs

Project Researcher
Fenner School of Environment & Society, The Australian National University

Richard Beggs completed an honours degree in agriculture at Aberdeen University in 1987 then took an extended year out to explore what's left of the planet. Returning to the warm bosom of academia in 2012 to do a Masters in environmental management at UWA, he is now engaged in a Phd at the ANU looking at ways of providing symptomatic relief for the problem of hyper-successful noisy miners whilst studiously ignoring the deeper structural issues that caused it in the first place. In particular, the project aims to find empirical evidence of the effects of removing noisy miners from woodland remnants in the highly fragmented agricultural landscapes of the South West Slopes of NSW.

Patch-scale culls of an overabundant bird defeated by immediate recolonization
An experimental test of a compensatory nest predation model following lethal control of an overabundant native species
Biological Conservation
An empirical test of the mechanistic underpinnings of interference competition
Science for Saving Species Magazine Issue 11 Autumn 2019
To cull or not to cull? Quieting the noisy miner
Can culling noisy miners benefit threatened woodland birds?