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Researcher: Cameron, EZ (Professor Elissa Cameron)

Fields of Research

Behavioural ecology
Animal developmental and reproductive biology
Terrestrial ecology
Conservation and biodiversity
Animal physiological ecology
Population ecology
Ecology
Life histories
Ecological physiology
Veterinary epidemiology
Animal behaviour
Biological adaptation
Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
Applied statistics
Evolution of developmental systems
Host-parasite interactions
Biogeography and phylogeography
Applied immunology (incl. antibody engineering, xenotransplantation and t-cell therapies)
Evolutionary ecology
Environmental management
Cell metabolism
Veterinary anatomy and physiology
Animal reproduction and breeding
Analytical biochemistry
Molecular evolution
Zoology
Genetics

Research Objectives

Terrestrial biodiversity
Other environmental management
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Soils
Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
Terrestrial systems and management
Animal welfare
Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
Beef cattle
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Climate change models
Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments

Career Best Publications

Effects of helpers on juvenile development and survival in meerkats; Science
Experimental alteration of litter sex ratios in a mammal; Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences
Facultative adjustment of mammalian sex ratios in support of the Trivers-Willard hypothesis: evidence for a mechanism ; Proceedings of The Royal Society of London : Biological Sciences
Is suckling behaviour a useful predictor of milk intake? A review; Animal Behaviour
Social bonds between unrelated females increase reproductive success in feral horses; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Winning by a neck: tall giraffes avoid competing with shorter browsers ; American Naturalist

Research Publications

A Field Study of Wild Echidna Responses to Conspecific Odour; Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 14
A nose for death: integrating trophic and informational networks for conservation and management; Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
A Trivers-Willard effect in contemporary humans: male-biased sex ratios among billionaires ; PLoS One
Aging and improving reproductive success in horses: declining residual reproductive value or just older and wiser? ; Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
An assessment of diet overlap of two mesocarnivores in the North West Province, South Africa; African Zoology
Anthropogenic influences on spotted hyaena diet in the Kruger National Park, South Africa; Mammal Research
Are low infidelity rates in feral horses due to infanticide?; Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Are there physiological constraints on maternal ability to adjust sex ratios in mammals?; Journal of Zoology
Behavioural and endocrine correlates to the aardwolf mating system; Mammalian Biology
Biologically meaningful scents: a framework for understanding predator–prey research across disciplines; Biological Reviews
Birth sex ratios relate to mare condition at conception in Kaimanawa horses; Behavioral Ecology
Book review : É. Danchin, L.-A. Giraldeau and F. Cézilly, Editors, Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary Perspective on Behaviour, Oxford University Press (2008) 874 pp; Behavioural Processes
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
Communal nesting is unrelated to burrow availability in the common warthog ; Animal Behaviour
Comparative efficacy of spoor surveys, spotlighting and audio playbacks in a landscape-scale carnivore survey; South African Journal of Wildlife Research
Cryptic male choice: experimental evidence of sperm sex ratio and seminal fluid adjustment in relation to coital rate; Reproduction, Fertility and Development
Developmental sexual dimorphism and the evolution of mechanisms for adjustment of sex ratios in mammals; Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Devil declines and catastrophic cascades: is mesopredator release of feral cats inhibiting recovery of the eastern quoll?; PLoS ONE
Dissimilar home range estimates for black rhinoceros Diceros bicornis cannot be used to infer habitat change; Oryx
Diversity and depletions in continental carnivore guilds: implications for prioritizing global carnivore conservation; Biology Letters
Does contraceptive treatment in wildlife result in side-effects? A review of quantitative and anecdotal evidence; Reproduction
Ecosystem engineering by digging mammals: effects on soil fertility and condition in Tasmanian temperate woodland; Royal Society Open Science
Effects of chemical immobilization on survival of African Buffalo in the Kruger National Park; Journal of Wildlife Management
Effects of helpers on juvenile development and survival in meerkats; Science
Effects of lions on behaviour and endocrine stress in plains zebras; Ethology
Endangered Australian top predator is frequently exposed to anticoagulant rodenticides; Science of The Total Environment
Equal opportunity metrics should benefit all researchers; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Escape behaviour of feral horses during a helicopter count; Wildlife Research
Estimating brown hyaena occupancy using baited camera traps; South African Journal of Wildlife Research
Estimating carnivoran diets using a combination of carcass observations and scats from GPS clusters; Journal of Zoology
Evidence of helping behaviour in a free-ranging population of communally breeding warthogs; Journal of Ethology
Evolutionary biology, community ecology and avian influenza research; Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Experimental alteration of litter sex ratios in a mammal; Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences
Experimental provisioning increases play in free-ranging meerkats; Animal Behaviour
Extension of the diet of an extreme foraging specialist, the aardwolf (Proteles cristata); African Zoology
Extreme sex ratio variation in relation to change in condition around conception; Biology Letters
Factors affecting pup growth and survival in co-operatively breeding meerkats Suricata suricatta; Journal of Animal Ecology
Facultative adjustment of mammalian sex ratios in support of the Trivers-Willard hypothesis: evidence for a mechanism ; Proceedings of The Royal Society of London : Biological Sciences
Feral horse demography and population growth in the Kaimanawa Ranges, New Zealand; Wildlife Research
Fitness consequences of maternal rearing strategies in warthogs: influence of group size and composition; Journal of Zoology
Forgotten fathers: paternal influences on mammalian sex allocation; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Gestational experience alters sex allocation in the subsequent generation; Royal Society Open Science
Grouping patterns in warthogs, Phacochoerus africanus: is communal care of young enough to explain sociality? ; Behaviour
Halt self-citation in impact measures; Nature
High frequency of lead exposure in the population of an endangered Australian top predator, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax fleayi); Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Individual mares bias investment in sons and daughters in relation to their condition; Animal Behaviour
Interactive effects of species richness and species traits on functional diversity and redundancy; Theoretical Ecology
Is publication rate an equal opportunity metric?; Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Is suckling behaviour a useful predictor of milk intake? A review; Animal Behaviour
Large-scale distribution patterns of carnivores in northern South Africa: implications for conservation and monitoring; Oryx: Journal of Fauna and Flora International
Maternal effects obscure condition-dependent sex allocation in changing environments; Royal Society Open Science
Maternal investment results in better foal condition through increased play behaviour in horses; Animal Behaviour
Maternal protectiveness in feral horses: responses to intraspecific and interspecific sources of risk; Animal Behaviour
Methods for locating African lion kills using global positioning system movement data ; The Journal of Wildlife Management
Multi-year fertility reduction in free-roaming feral horses with single-injection immunocontraceptive formulations; Wildlife Research
Non-invasive assessment of adrenocortical function in captive Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus); Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A
Partnerships in the social system of a small macropod marsupial, the quokka (Setonix brachyurus); Behaviour
Paternal sex allocation: how variable is the sperm sex ratio?; Journal of Zoology
Pattern of faecal 20-oxopregnane and oestrogen concentrations during pregnancy in wild plains zebra mares; General and Comparative Endocrinology: An International Journal
Prevalence of allosuckling behaviour in Subantarctic fur seal pups; Mammalian Biology
Productivity in conservation research in the southern hemisphere; Conservation Biology
Rate of intersexual interactions affects injury likelihood in Tasmanian devil contact networks; Behavioral Ecology
Removal experiments indicate that subordinate stallions are not helpers; Behavioural Processes: An International Journal of Comparative and Physiological Ethology
Sex at sea: alternative mating system in an extremely polygynous mammal; Animal Behaviour
Sex ratio variation in a eusocial mammal, the Damaraland mole-rat, Fukomys damarensis; Journal of Zoology
Social bonds between unrelated females increase reproductive success in feral horses; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Social dispersal but with philopatry reveals incest avoidance in a polygynous ungulate; Animal Behaviour
Social grouping and maternal behaviour in feral horses (Equus caballus): the influence of males on maternal protectiveness; Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Social influences on vigilance behaviour in giraffes, Giraffa camelopardalis ; Animal Behaviour
Social networks of spotted hyaenas in areas of contrasting human activity and infrastructure; Animal Behaviour
Solving the productivity and impact puzzle: do men outperform women, or are metrics biased?; Bioscience
Spatial and temporal dimensions to the taxonomic diversity of arthropods in an arid grassland savannah; Journal of Arid Environments
Spotted hyaena space use in relation to human infrastructure inside a protected area; PeerJ
Stallion harassment and the mating system of horses; Animal Behaviour
Suckling behaviour does not measure milk intake in horses, Equus caballus; Animal Behaviour
Temporal patterns of den use suggest polygamous mating patterns in an obligate monogamous mammal; Animal Behaviour
The influence of oestrous swellings on the grooming behaviour of chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest, Uganda; Behaviour
The potential for large carnivores to act as biodiversity surrogates in southern Africa ; Biodiversity and Conservation
Validation of noninvasive monitoring of adrenocortical endocrine activity in ground-feeding aardwolves (Proteles cristata): Exemplifying the influence of consumption of inorganic material for fecal steroid analysis; Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
Welfare at multiple scales: importance of zoo elephant population welfare in a world of declining wild populations; PLoS One
Winning by a neck: tall giraffes avoid competing with shorter browsers ; American Naturalist

Research Projects

Analysis and modelling of feral horse demography in the Australian Alps; Parks Victoria (PV)
Behavioural ecology and response to disturbance of the endangered Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle (Aquila audax fleayi); Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Does mother know best? Unifying proximate causation and ultimate explanation in mammalian sex allocation; Australian Research Council (ARC)
GPS-tracking Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles (NRM South) (2020 - 2022); Southern Regional Natural Resource Management Association Inc (NRMSOUTH)
Linking spatial movements and social contacts to understand the transmission of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease.; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Love Stinks: Pheromone mating behaviour and individuality in the echidna; Trust of M.A. Ingram (INGRAM)
Paternal sex allocation: investigating sperm sex ratios and a potential hormonal mechanism for adjustment; Ecological Society of Australia Limited (ESAI)
Quantitative assessment of feral horse abundance, movement patterns, and reproduction in the Australian Alps; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Sex Ratio Investigations in Captive Breeding for Conservation; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Social networks, behaviour and transmission of facial tumour disease in the Tasmanian devil; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
The proximate mechanisms of flexibility in sex determining systems in a viviparous skink.; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Conservation ecology and response to disturbance of the Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle (Aquila audax fleayi)
Conservation ecology and response to disturbance of the Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle (Aquila audax fleayi)
Coordinating conservation and research priorities for the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle Aquila audax fleayi
GPS tracking wedge-tailed eagles with Epuron
GPS-tracking Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles (EPF) (2021)
Investigating the conservation biology of the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle using high-frequency GPS telemetry - UPC
Investigating the conservation biology of the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle using high-frequency GPS telemetry - Woolnorth
Monitoring the effects of human disturbance on breeding wedge-tailed eagles
Quantitative assessment of feral horse abundance in the Australian Alps

Research Candidate Supervision

Chemical Communication for Reproduction in the Tasmanian Short-Beaked Echidna, Tachyglossus Aculeatus Setosus
Establishing an ecological framewrok for understanding Petrogale species occurrence and species distributions, with reference to relevant environmental variables and the scale at which they operate
Examining the effect of fear, risk effects and secondary effects of predation on social behaviour in fish in the context of aquaculture and conservation
Guardian Dogs for Livestock Protection in Australia
Marsupials and Ecosystem Engineers
Sex Ratio Manipulation for Conservation
Social networks, behaviour and transmission of facial tumour disease in Tasmanian devils
The Illegal Bushmeat Trade in the Okavango Delta of Botswana- Scale Impacts, Drivers and Potential Solutions