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David Swain

HND Agriculture, BSc(Hons) Ecology, PhD
Adjunct Professor-701962
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Institute for Future Farming Systems
Rockhampton North
361 - G44
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Queensland Science Champion 2014

iAward in Research and Development for Virtual Fencing Technology, Australian Information Industry Association, Queensland Division.


Professional Experience

Prof. Dave Swain's research activities are focussed on the behavioural ecology of livestock in extensive production systems. In particular his work aims to obtain a more complete picture of how behavioural strategies are used to overcome resource limitations. Understanding the link between environmental drivers and evolutionary derived behaviours will enable management intervention to compliment innate livestock behavioural preferences. 

Dave has special interests in: 

  • Behavioural ecology including modelling spatial behavioural interactions
  • Automated monitoring of animal behaviour
  • Sensor networks
  • Social behaviour in herding animals
  • Behavioural adaptation
  • Precision livestock management


April 2003 to November 2009: Senior Research Scientist and Group Leader CSIRO Livestock Industries – Behavioural Ecology

2001 to 2003: Honorary Lecturer Glasgow University Crichton Campus – Theoretical Ecology

April 1999 to March 2003: Research Scientist Scottish Agricultural College – Dairy Systems Research Group

Oct1995 to Sept 1998: Research Assistant University of Wales Swansea – Tropical Palaeoenvironments Research Group

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3002 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
  • 3003 Animal Production

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
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