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Researcher: Harris, RL (Miss Rachel Harris)

Fields of Research

Behavioural ecology
Comparative physiology
Animal physiological ecology
Ecological physiology
Host-parasite interactions
Animal cell and molecular biology

Research Objectives

Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Terrestrial biodiversity
Disease distribution and transmission (incl. surveillance and response)
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A Field Study of Wild Echidna Responses to Conspecific Odour; Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 14
Chemical Composition of Odorous Secretions in the Tasmanian Short-Beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus); Chemical Senses
Chemical Cues, Hibernation and Reproduction in Female Short-Beaked Echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus): Implications for Sexual Conflict; Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 13
Chemical signals in the echidna: differences between seasons, sexes, individuals and gland types; Journal of Zoology
Closing the gap on causal processes of infection risk from cross-sectional data: structural equation models to understand infection and co-infection; Parasites and Vectors
Energetics meets sexual conflict: the phenology of hibernation in Tasmanian echidnas; Functional Ecology
Identification of desmostanol as a novel vertebrate sterol in short-beaked echidna secretions; Australian Mammalogy
Observations of breeding behaviour and possible infanticide in a wild population of Tasmanian echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus); Australian Mammalogy
Spurs, sexual dimorphism and reproductive maturity in Tasmanian echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus); Australian Mammalogy
The effectiveness of hair traps for surveying mammals: results of a study in sandstone caves in the Tasmanian southern midlands ; Australian Mammalogy
Toward a mechanistic understanding of environmentally forced zoonotic disease emergence: sin nombre hantavirus; Bioscience

Research Projects

Love stinks: Chemical ecology, individual variation and mating behaviour in the echidna; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Love Stinks: Pheromone mating behaviour and individuality in the echidna; Trust of M.A. Ingram (INGRAM)
What's in a Smell? The Secret World of Pheromones in Australian Mammals; Trust of M.A. Ingram (INGRAM)

Research Candidate Supervision