BALLARD, Guy

Research Officer - Wild Dog Management

Research interests

  • Predator ecology and management
  • Wildlife monitoring
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Human dimensions of wildlife management
  • Conservation ecology and management

Background

I am an ecologist specialising in applied, collaborative wildlife research, often addressing controversial management scenarios. I have extensive experience with large-scale GPS-telemetry and camera trapping projects. I work with the community and wildlife managers on a wide range of management scenarios, including wild dogs (dingos), foxes, feral cats, quolls, rock wallabies, possums, feral horses, flying foxes and kangaroos.

I am currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New England, where I supervise a range of PhD, Masters and Honours students, working on invasive species, threatened species and wildlife management projects.

I represent NSW on the National Feral Cat Taskforce, and provide technical advice to the NSW Fox Threat Abatement Plan, NSW Spotted-tailed quoll recovery team and NSW brush-tailed rock wallaby recovery team.

Qualifications

  • B.Sc.(Hons) – University of New England  2000
  • M. Env. Mgt – University of New England  2002
  • Ph.D. – University of New England   2006

Current projects

  • Project Leader Predators, Prey, Plants & People project in northern NSW, Australia.
  • Co-investigator on projects including:
    • Wild Dog Alert
    • Riverina / Murray Wild Dog Management Project
    • Peri-urban Predator Project
    • Saving Our Species projects on Spotted-tailed Quolls and Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies

Recent publications

Professional associations and activities

  • Australasian Wildlife Management Society
  • The Australian Mammal Society
  • Royal Zoological Society of NSW
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Australian Human Dimensions Researchers Network

Fields of research

  • 050103  Invasive Species Ecology
  • 050202  Conservation and Biodiversity
  • 050206  Environmental Monitoring
  • 050211  Wildlife and Habitat Management
  • 060208  Terrestrial Ecology

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Dingo
  • Fox
  • Feral cat
  • Predator ecology
  • Invasive species management
  • Conservation management
  • Human-Wildlife Interactions

Contact details

Email: guy.ballard@dpi.nsw.gov.au