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Researcher: Wiggins, NL (Dr Natasha Wiggins)

Fields of Research

Terrestrial ecology
Behavioural ecology
Wildlife and habitat management
Crop and pasture protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Conservation and biodiversity
Tree improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
Natural resource management
Pollution and contamination
Population ecology
Molecular evolution
Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
Biological adaptation
Health systems
Veterinary pharmacology
Ecological physiology
Basic pharmacology
Animal management
Evolutionary biology
Other biological sciences
Forestry management and environment

Research Objectives

Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Other environmental management
Terrestrial biodiversity
Other plant production and plant primary products
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
Native forests
Hardwood plantations
Veterinary pharmaceutical products
Horticultural crops
Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs)
Other health
Industrial crops
Native and residual pastures
Integration of farm and forestry
Natural hazards
Environmentally sustainable plant production

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A report of capture myopathy in the Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii); Animal Welfare
A Two-Phase Model for Smoothly Joining Disparate Growth Phases in the Macropodid Thylogale billardierii; PLoS One
Alternatives of 1080 Program - Home Range Shifts in Response to Lethal Control
Asymmetric or diffusive co-evolution generates meta-populations in fig-fig wasp mutualisms; Science China: Life Sciences
Behavioural responses of a generalist mammalian folivore to the physiological constraints of a chemically defended diet; Journal of Chemical Ecology
Development of tolerance to the dietary plant secondary metabolite 1,8-cineole by the Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula); Journal of Chemical Ecology
Diet switching in a generalist mammalian folivore: fundamental to maximising intake; Oecologia
Do all possums show the same aversion for genetically resistant seeding stock?
Effects of plant secordary chemistry on foraging behaviour of mammalian herbivores
Effects of two plant secondary metabolites, cineole and gallic acid, on nightly feeding patterns of the Common Brushtail Possum; Journal of Chemical Ecology
Intercropping with aromatic plants decreases herbivore abundance, species richness, and shifts arthropod community trophic structure; Environmental Entomology
Intercropping with aromatic plants hindered the occurrence of Aphis citricola in an apple orchard system by shifting predator-prey abundances; Biocontrol Science and Technology
Macropod habitat use and response to management interventions in an agricultural-forest mosaic in north-eastern Tasmania as inferred by scat surveys; Wildlife Research
Quantitative and qualitative shifts in defensive metabolites define chemical defense investment during leaf development in Inga, a genus of tropical trees; Ecology and Evolution
Quantitative trait loci for key defensive compounds affecting herbivory of eucalypts in Australia; New Phytologist
Rapid absorption of dietary 1,8-cineole results in critical blood concentration of cineole and immediate cessation of eating in the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula); Journal of Chemical Ecology
Scent chemicals of the Brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula; Journal of Chemical Ecology
Shifts in macropod home ranges in response to wildlife management interventions; Wildlife Research
Sideroxylonal in Eucalyptus foliage influences foraging behviour of an arboreal folivore; Oecologia
Spatial scale of the patchiness of plant poisons: A critical influence on foraging efficiency; Ecology
Tasmanian Data Linkage Unit: supporting innovative research, planning and policy formulation in Australia through the provision of high-quality linked-data services; International Journal of Population Data Science
The success of GPS collar deployments on mammals in Australia; Australian Mammalogy
Using spatio-temporal modelling as a decision support tool for management of a native pest herbivore; Applied Ecology and Environmental Research

Research Projects

Alternatives to 1080 Program - Home Range Shifts in Response to Lethal Control; Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment (DPIPWE)
Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference 2009; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Interactions between a Native Mammalian Herbivore and a Eucalypt Plantation Species; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Interactions between a Native Mammalian Herbivore and a Eucalypt Plantation Species; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Investigating a Sustainable Wildlife Management Plan as an Alternative to 1080 Poison; Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust (WVS)
Do all possums show the same aversions for genetically resistant seedling stock

Research Candidate Supervision