Andrew Bengsen

Research interests

  • Feral deer and pig management
  • Effects of management on pest impacts and populations
  • Wildlife population survey and monitoring
  • The roles of recreational hunting in game and pest animal management


Andrew has over 15 years’ experience in pest animal management or research, and has been with the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit since 2011. Most of his current research aims to improve the management of introduced large herbivores by understanding the effects of different management tools, strategies and policies on herbivore populations and damage. He has a strong interest in developing and promoting wildlife survey and analysis methods that can provide the best quality information for managers and decision-makers.


  • PhD (Wildlife Biology) – University of Queensland (2010)
  • BSc (Hons) (Zoology and Tropical Ecology) – James Cook University (2003)

Current projects

  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the suspension of deer hunting regulations
  • Cost-effective management of feral deer
  • Detecting, delimiting and eradicating small, isolated deer populations


Taggart, P. L., Fancourt, B. A., Bengsen, A. J., Peacock, D. E., Hodgens, P., Read, J. L., McAllister, M. M. and Caraguel, C. G. B. (2019) Evidence of significantly higher island feral cat abundance compared to the adjacent mainland. Wildlife Research in press.

McLeod, L. J., Hine, D. W., Bengsen, A. J. and Driver, A. B. (2017) Assessing the impact of different persuasive messages on the intentions and behaviour of cat owners: A randomised control trial. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 146, 136-142.

Bengsen, A. J. and Sparkes, J. (2016) Can recreational hunting contribute to pest mammal control on public land in Australia? Mammal Review 46(4), 297-310.

Bengsen, A. J., Algar, D., Ballard, G., Buckmaster, T., Comer, S., Fleming, P. J. S., Friend, J. A., Johnston, M., McGregor, H., Moseby, K. and Zewe, F. (2015) Feral cat home-range size varies predictably with landscape productivity and population density. Journal of Zoology 298, 112-120.

Bengsen, A. J., Gentle, M. N., Mitchell, J. L., Pearson, H. E. and Saunders, G. R. (2014) Impacts and management of wild pigs in Australia. Mammal Review 44, 135-147.

Bengsen, A. J. (2014) Analysis of camera trap surveys to detect effects of population management. In 'Camera Trapping in Wildlife Research and Management.' (Eds P. D. Meek, A. G. Ballard, P. B. Banks, A. W. Claridge, P. J. S. Fleming, J. G. Sanderson and D. E. Swann). (CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne.)

Full publication list here

Professional associations and activities

  • Australasian Wildlife Management Society

Fields of research (ANZSRC)

  • 050103 Invasive Species Ecology
  • 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
  • 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
  • 060201 Behavioural Ecology
  • 060304 Ethology and Sociobiology
  • 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Animal abundance estimation
  • Pest animal control
  • Vertebrate pests
  • Wildlife management