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Researcher: Harris, RL (Miss Rachel Harris)

Fields of Research

Animal Physiological Ecology
Ecological Physiology
Behavioural Ecology
Host-Parasite Interactions
Comparative Physiology
Animal Cell and Molecular Biology
Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics

Research Objectives

Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response)
Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

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
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
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