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I am a comparative psychologist with a specialisation in canine cognition and behaviour. My field of research has covered various topics such as dingo cognition, the history of dingoes and their relationship with Indigenous Australians, the behaviour and enrichment of zoo animals, and non-lethal control of animals. I am also interested in all things relating to human-animal interactions, including human-animal co-sleeping, animal assisted therapy, and managing animals during natural disasters.
I am the editor and primary author of 'The dingo debate' published by CSIRO Publishing, and regularly publish in international peer reviewed scientific journals. I have also written articles for popular magazines, published nature photographs, consulted for the South Australian Government regarding captive dingo displays. I am often asked to provide public comment relating to canids in all forms of media.
I have been lucky enough to have worked with dingoes since 2007. My research with dingoes has included various captive based experiments, as well as observational studies of dingoes on Fraser Island, and research relating to dingoes living around mines in Western Australia. In my award winning doctoral thesis, I demonstrated the dingo’s abilities as a highly social and intelligent top order predator. By showing that dingoes are more wolf-like than dog-like in terms of the way they are built, behave and think, I was able to highlight the effect that domestication has on the cognition of canids and why wolves, dingoes and dogs are so well adapted to their respective natural environments.
I am the scientific director of the Australian Dingo Foundation, and the supervisor of research and ethics at the Dingo Discovery and Research Centre, the largest dingo sanctuary in Australia, and also a scientific advisor to the WA Dingo Association (WADA).
I currently work as a Senior Lecturer at Central Queensland University (Rockhampton campus), where I lecture in psychology and continue to study dingoes and the human-animal relationship. I am also an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at the University of Adelaide (School of Veterinary Science).
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor