student profile: Ms Lily Van Eeden


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Learning to live with dingoes: improving wildlife management by understanding social and political constraints on coexistence with carnivores

Supervisors: Thomas NEWSOME, Christopher DICKMAN , Mathew CROWTHER

Thesis abstract:

Livestock producers across Australia are at war with the dingo, who poses a threat to their stock and their livelihoods. At the same time, governments pour never-ending resources into managing dingoes with little knowledge about whether their approaches are effective. This system isn’t working. Today, scientists globally are acknowledging the important role that predators play in regulating ecosystems and their potential in changing how we manage wildlife. In Australia, not only can dingoes play a role in suppressing introduced pests (e.g. cats and foxes, who contribute to Australia having one of the highest mammal extinction rates in the world) and the growing kangaroo populations which compete with livestock for food, but scientists are finding that lethal management of dingoes can be counter-productive to reducing livestock losses. Changing this system is difficult, so alongside ecological and agricultural research, investigation into the social and political contexts preventing progress is essential. Australia is lagging behind other countries in human-carnivore conflict resolution, so I draw dingo management into an international context for comparison, while identifying public and producer perspectives on dingoes and their management through social surveys. My research seeks to understand how coexistence can be possible, changing the way we conduct wildlife management to the benefit of biodiversity and rural communities.

Selected grants

2017

  • "The Dingo Menace" - a cross-continental and comparative study of farmer attitudes and behaviour towards dingoes to improve management; Dickman C, Newsome T, van Eeden L, Crowther M; Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales/Paddy Pallin Science Grant.

2016

  • Learning to live with dingoes: improving wildlife management by understanding social and political constraints on coexistence with carnivores; Dickman C, van Eeden L, Newsome T, Crowther M; Equity Trustees Limited/Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Newsome, T., van Eeden, L. (2017). Food waste is still an underappreciated threat to wildlife. Animal Conservation, 20(5), 405-406. [More Information]
  • van Eeden, L., Dickman, C., Ritchie, E., Newsome, T. (2017). Shifting public values and what they mean for increasing democracy in wildlife management decisions. Biodiversity and Conservation, 26(11), 2759-2763. [More Information]
  • Newsome, T., van Eeden, L. (2017). The Effects of Food Waste on Wildlife and Humans. Sustainability, 9, 1269. [More Information]

2017

  • Newsome, T., van Eeden, L. (2017). Food waste is still an underappreciated threat to wildlife. Animal Conservation, 20(5), 405-406. [More Information]
  • van Eeden, L., Dickman, C., Ritchie, E., Newsome, T. (2017). Shifting public values and what they mean for increasing democracy in wildlife management decisions. Biodiversity and Conservation, 26(11), 2759-2763. [More Information]
  • Newsome, T., van Eeden, L. (2017). The Effects of Food Waste on Wildlife and Humans. Sustainability, 9, 1269. [More Information]

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