Molly joined the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit (Biosecurity and Food Safety) as a Technical Officer in February 2018. Her primary role is to assess the population sizes of 10 species of waterfowl in the Riverina region of NSW. These assessments are used to calculate the annual harvest quotas for waterfowl in NSW. In addition, she is involved with trapping and tagging waterfowl in the Riverina region. Her work contributes to our understanding of life history traits of harvested waterfowl, individual movements (using satellite trackers) and nesting success. Molly co-coordinates and participates in helicopter-based aerial surveys of waterfowl on farm dams as well as drone surveys on larger waterbodies.
Molly also collaborates with the NSW Kangaroo Management Program (Environment, Energy and Science), and participates in the annual aerial survey of kangaroos, which is used to calculate the commercial industry’s harvest quota for red kangaroos and grey kangaroos in NSW.
Sustainable waterfowl hunting in NSW
Dundas, S., Vardanega, M., O’Brien, P., & McLeod, S. (2021). Quantifying Waterfowl Numbers: Comparison of Drone and Ground-Based Survey Methods for Surveying Waterfowl on Artificial Waterbodies. Drones, 5(1), 5. doi: 10.3390/drones5010005