Dr Lucy Lush

Postdoctoral Research Associate
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

C02F - Centre for Carbon, Water and Food
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 4655 0646

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Biographical details

Lucy Lush has a PhD in Animal Ecology and Behaviour (University of Hull, UK) and MSc (with Distinction) in Conservation Biology (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK). Lucy was previously a NERC Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at Swansea University, UK and has held positions within industry working for NGO’s and within Local Government as Biodiversity Manager (Greater Manchester Ecology Unit, Tameside Council, UK) and Projects Manager/Director (Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre/Oxfordshire County Council) working on, and securing funding, for a range of conservation projects. Lucy has also worked as an ecological consultant conducting protected species surveys and assessments for great crested newts, water voles and bats.

Lucy has extensive experience in mammal ecology and behaviour, using different technologies (accelerometers, GPS collars, infrared and thermal imaging, VHF tracking) to measure and monitor animal movement and applying models to predict or classify habitat use and behaviour. Lucy has worked on both wild and domestic mammals including black rhino, brown hares, rabbits and sheep.

Lucy’s PhD assessed the impacts of different livestock grazing and pasture management on the distribution, behaviour and diet of brown hares and rabbits. Looking at the competitive and facilitative effects of grazing between domestic and wild mammalian herbivores.

Most recently, Lucy worked on a NERC funded collaborative project where she was exploring the effects of sheep grazing and movement in upland areas of Wales, UK using GPS and accelerometer tags to assess the contribution of sheep urination on nitrous oxide emissions. This provided high resolution spatial and temporal data used to create a predictive model of sheep movement and activity. Lucy was successful in using accelerometers to identify sheep urination behaviour and developed a model to automatically classify behaviours.

Lucy joined The University of Sydney in February 2018 to work on a project to reduce mortality rates in beef and sheep production. She will be working collaboratively across farms in Australia using GPS/accelerometer collars, Walk over Weighing machines, drones and cameras to remotely monitor, in near real time, cattle and sheep to help understand the factors of high mortality and to look at ways to improve welfare and production.

Research interests

Lucy is interested in using new technologies to understand terrestrial mammal ecology and behaviour in relation to habitat use, to enable improved management and provide tools for continued monitoring. Lucy is particularly interested in the interactions between wildlife and livestock and impacts of management on their movement and behaviour, and how agricultural landscapes can be managed to enable successful conservation/management of wild species.

Teaching and supervision

Lucy contributes to teaching in AGRO4006 New and Emerging Technologies in Animal Science (including Animal behaviour and Tech Start-up final assessment coordinator).

Associations

Lucy is a member of the following:

British Ecological Society

The Royal Society of Biology,

The Mammal Society

Lucy is also a member of the review college for the British Ecological Society that reviews funding applications for projects.

Themes

Wildlife and conservation; Ecology and Evolution; Animal behavior and ecophysiology

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Lush, L., Wilson, R., Holton, M., Hopkins, P., Marsden, K., Chadwick, D., King, A. (2018). Classification of sheep urination events using accelerometers to aid improved measurements of livestock contributions to nitrous oxide emissions. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 150, 170-177. [More Information]
  • Lush, L., Ward, A., Wheeler, P. (2017). Dietary niche partitioning between sympatric brown hares and rabbits. Journal of Zoology, 303(1), 36-45. [More Information]
  • Lush, L., Ellwood, S., Markham, A., Ward, A., Wheeler, P. (2016). Use of tri-axial accelerometers to assess terrestrial mammal behaviour in the wild. Journal of Zoology, 298(4), 257-265. [More Information]
  • Lush, L., Mulama, M., Jones, M. (2015). Predicting the habitat usage of African black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) using random forest models. African Journal of Ecology, 53(3), 346-354. [More Information]
  • Lush, L., Ward, A., Wheeler, P. (2014). Opposing effects of agricultural intensification on two ecologically similar species. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 192, 61-66. [More Information]

2018

  • Lush, L., Wilson, R., Holton, M., Hopkins, P., Marsden, K., Chadwick, D., King, A. (2018). Classification of sheep urination events using accelerometers to aid improved measurements of livestock contributions to nitrous oxide emissions. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 150, 170-177. [More Information]

2017

  • Lush, L., Ward, A., Wheeler, P. (2017). Dietary niche partitioning between sympatric brown hares and rabbits. Journal of Zoology, 303(1), 36-45. [More Information]

2016

  • Lush, L., Ellwood, S., Markham, A., Ward, A., Wheeler, P. (2016). Use of tri-axial accelerometers to assess terrestrial mammal behaviour in the wild. Journal of Zoology, 298(4), 257-265. [More Information]

2015

  • Lush, L., Mulama, M., Jones, M. (2015). Predicting the habitat usage of African black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) using random forest models. African Journal of Ecology, 53(3), 346-354. [More Information]

2014

  • Lush, L., Ward, A., Wheeler, P. (2014). Opposing effects of agricultural intensification on two ecologically similar species. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 192, 61-66. [More Information]

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