Invasive Animals CRC > Blog > Feral Flyer > Feral Flyer issue 211 – 20 April 2012

Welcome to issue 211 of Feral Flyer.

In this edition:

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Invasive Animals PhD scholarship applications now open

Imagine working on your doctorate in the stimulating and supportive intellectual environment of a leading Australian university with four years’ funding support, compared to the usual three years. Your PhD research will work with cutting-edge technology and achieve practical solutions to a real $1 billion research problem. Invasive animals damage the Australian environment and reduce agricultural productivity.

19 PhDs are being offered in innovative research projects covering ecology, virology, molecular biology, natural resource modelling, sociology, socio-economics and herbivore fertility control. The IA CRC links research with end‑users resulting in student research having a greater impact on the agricultural and environmental management sector.  With industry support, IA CRC mentoring through the Balanced Researcher Program, and more skills training than their PhD peers, we expect our postgraduates to be highly competitive in the job market and to become the research leaders of the future.

These projects offer a choice of locations across Australia.  International students are encouraged to apply, however acceptance may depend on the policies regarding international students at the enrolling universities.

Details of the IA CRC research projects, PhD scholarships and Balanced Researcher Program are available at

Applications for study commencing in 2013 close on 17 August 2012. Some projects can start mid-2012 but these applications would have to be in by early May. See website for details.

Further enquiries to Dr Tony Buckmaster

Review of the Caring for our Country Initiative

cfocA high-level review has found that the Australian Government Caring for our Country Initiative is appropriate as national-scale natural resource management issues require a national perspective and commitment to address them effectively. Without duplicating the role of state and territory governments, the review found it is appropriate for the Australian Government to provide leadership and guidance on natural resource management and address priorities of national impact and requiring national coordination.

The review report (now available online) found Caring for our Country is making real progress towards an environment that is healthier, better protected, well managed, resilient and provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate.

For further information on this report, please contact the Caring for our Country Review Team, Australian Government Land and Coasts, email: or phone 1800 552 008 (toll free). The 150 page report is available online at

PestSmart gets social

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UC’s new Director of the Institute of Applied Ecology

The University of Canberra are delighted to announce that Professor David Choquenot has taken up the reins as UC’s new Director of the Institute for Applied Ecology.

Professor Choquenot comes to the IAE from New Zealand where he was General Manager, Biological Systems at Landcare Research and held an appointment as Professor of Ecology at the University of Auckland.

His research interests focus on vertebrates, particularly how trophic interactions between vertebrates and what they eat drives population dynamics and community structure. Most of his work in this area has been in the context of managing biodiversity and agricultural pests. He has a strong interest in empirical research and predictive modeling. David also has an impressive track record in the management of a large research organization, delivering quality research outcomes and linkages across sectors.

Professor Choquenot is an alumnus of the University of Canberra, completing a Master of Applied Science here before moving to the University of Sydney to complete his PhD.

Upcoming PestSmart Roadshow events

Bairnsdale Roadshow in Victoria on Tuesday this week.

The PestSmart Roadshow continues to roll on. Feedback from attendees so far has been overwhelmingly positive and some people are even planning their own mini-PestSmart info sessions for those in their region that couldn’t attend.

May and June brings Roadshow events in Townsville, Charleville and Bourke. Tilapia and Carp forums in Brisbane and Melbourne will also be held.

All events are free to attend but please see for more information about each event and to register.




Tuesday May 1Townsville RoadshowTownsville RSL Club
Tuesday 15 MayTilapia in Australia ForumBrisbane
Tuedsay 5 JuneCharleville RoadshowCharleville RSL Club
Thursday 7 JuneBourke RoadshowDiggers on the Darling
Tuesday 19 JuneCarp Management in Australia ForumBell City Event Centre



30 April Deadline for Abstracts: 2012 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling

This year the World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling is being staged by the Resource Modeling Association at the University of Queensland in Brisbane from 9-12 July. The conference theme is simply “Natural Resource Modeling” to celebrate the 25th year of the association’s journal.  The conference will be interdisciplinary with applied mathematics/statistics, economics, ecology, water, forestry and fisheries included.

The Call for Abstracts: has been announced. Please complete the form at this www site to submit your proposal for a paper. Abstracts must be received by 30 April and applicants will be notified whether their paper was successful by 7 May 2012.

Further conference details are at  People can also register their interest by emailing

2012 World Environment Day Awards

The annual national United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards program invites nominations from individuals, organisations, businesses, local councils, schools, journalists and community groups whose work serves to protect, manage or restore our natural heritage. Entry criteria and nomination forms for the 2012 World Environment Day Awards are online at:

One of the awards is the Biodiversity Award to the best company, organisation, community or individual that has demonstrated innovation and excellence in the development and management of Australia’s biodiversity. There is also the Individual Award that recognises the invaluable contribution individuals make to the environment through their involvement in a wide range of conservation projects.

The Sustainability Education Award is open to organisations, NGOs and education providers/institutions for best sustainability education project in the community which explores environmental themes or issues to help foster understanding about environmental issues at a grass roots level and make a constructive contribution through positive ideas and activities aimed at addressing these issues.

There are entry fees to nominate for the various awards. Please note that only electronic entries will be accepted in 2012. For further information, please email or phone (03) 9670 7878.

New Publications

Steven J. Lapidge and Adam J. Munn (2012). Seasonal field metabolic rate and water influx of captive bred
reintroduced yellow-footed rock-wallabies (Petrogale xanthopus celeris).  Australian Journal of Zoology

New on – Humaneness assessments for feral pig control methods
The ‘humaneness’ of a pest animal control method refers to the overall welfare impact that the method has on an  individual animal. A relatively more humane method will have less impact than a relatively less humane method. Humaneness assessments for feral pig control methods are now online at Assessments for control methods for other species are also available. Assessments have been made based on Sharp and Saunders’ Model for assessing the relative humaneness of pest animal control methods developed under the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS).

Media round-up

Wild dog boom bites farmers hard. ON MORE than one occasion, mixed-enterprise grazier Graeme Brazel has been forced to head out in the dark of night to destroy ewes and lambs maimed by wild dogs…..The Land

United front needed for dog control. Australia’s peak wild dog body claims not everyone is pulling their weight when it comes to control – and it’s pushing wild dogs further west…..The West Australian

Farmers feeling feral pig costs. North Queensland cane growers say the damage caused by feral pigs is costing them thousands of dollars….ABC North Queensland

Queensland pest research centre to stay open. Queensland’s new Agriculture minister says he’s halted plans to close a research centre in southern Queensland dedicated to pests and their control…ABC Rural

Western Plains Central West Rural Report, Wednesday, April 18, 2012. A new research project is examining the behaviour of wild dogs to gauge the most effective aerial baiting methods …ABC Rural

Wild dogs trigger alarm. PACKS of wild dogs from inland Australia are threatening Victoria’s border areas in numbers not seen for half a century…The Weekly Times

WA lobby calls for wild dog bounty. A LEADING farmer group in Western Australia has officially called a Victorian-style wild dog bounty to be funded by the Federal Government… The Weekly Times Now

Wild dogs collared. GLEN Innes is now at the centre of one of the country’s largest wild dog research projects as scientists and local landholders work together to find the most effective rates for aerial baiting…Glen Innes Examiner

Sixty fox carcasses cause a stink. GUTTED and rotting fox carcasses on a Curlewis road have caused upset after allegedly being left hanging only metres from passing traffic for more than six months…News Geelong

Country’s largest wild dog research project underway. he country’s largest wild dog research project is underway at Glen Innes in NSW, where scientists and local landholders are working together…Beef Central

Rural and Resources Report for Western Queensland, Monday 16th April 2012. The Australian Campdrafting Association National Titles ended on Saturday night with a dinner to celebrate 40 years since its inception….ABC Rural


Upcoming conferences


  • Collaborate | Innovate | 2012 National Wine Centre in Adelaide from 15-17 May
  • Tilapia in Australia – State of Knowledge Forum. Brisbane 15-16 May
  • Carp Management in Australia Forum. Melbourne 19-21 June
  • 4th International Wildlife Management Congress. Durban, South Africa. 9-12 July
  • World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling. Brisbane 9-12 July
  • Invertebrates associated with invasive alien organisms. Riga (Latvia) 16–18 August
  • Invasive organisms and globalisation. Riga (Latvia) 20-23 August
  • 3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology. Glasgow, Scotland. 28 Aug-1 Sept
  • Fertility Control Conference. Jackson Wyoming, USA. 29 Aug-1 Sept

For more information on these and other events, please see details on our website.