Research officer, rabbit management
Pat joined the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit (Biosecurity and Food Safety) of the NSW Department of Primary Industries as a Research Officer in 2019. His primary role is to investigate interactions between RHDV2 and other RHDVs and its potential as an additional rabbit biocontrol agent.
Since 2011, Pat has worked within the field of environmental consulting and sub-contracting conducting targeted and general fauna surveys for various government and non-government organisations, both within Australian and internationally. More recently Pat completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide which investigated factors influencing the presence of cat-borne diseases in wildlife, livestock and people. Over the years, Pat has developed extensive experience in trapping, catching, handling and sampling a wide range of native and exotic wildlife.
Taggart, P. L., Fancourt, B. A., Fabijan, J., Peacock, D. E., Speight, K. N., Caraguel, C. G. B., & McAllister, M. M. 2019. No evidence of Toxoplasma gondii exposure in South Australian Koalas (Phascolartos cinereus). Journal of Parasitology, DOI: 10.1645/19-40
Taggart, P. L., Fancourt, B. A., Peacock, D. E., Caraguel, C. G. B., & McAllister, M. M. Variation in Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence: effects of site, sex, species and behaviour between insular and mainland macropods. Wildlife Research, DOI: 10.1071/WR19041
Taggart, P.L., Fancourt, B.A., Bengsen, A. J., Peacock, D.E., Hodgens, P., Read, J.L., McAllister, M.M, & Caraguel, C.G.B. 2019. Evidence of significantly higher island feral cat abundance compared to the adjacent mainland, Wildlife Research, DOI: 10.1071/WR18118
Taggart, P.L, Stevenson, M.A, Firestone, S.M, McAllister, M.M., & Caraguel, C.G.B. 2019. Spatial analysis of a cat-borne disease reveals that soil pH and clay content are a risk factors for sarcocystosis in sheep, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, DOI: 10.3389/fvets.2019.00127
Taggart, P.L, Traub, R., Fui, S., & Weinstein, P. 2018. Attempting to uncover vectors of human spotted fever rickettsiosis on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, Journal of Vector Borne Diseases, DOI:10.4103/0972-9062.249483
Taggart, P.L., Leu, S. T, Spiegel, O., Godfrey, S. S, Sih, A., & Bull, C. M. 2018. Endure your parasites: sleepy lizard movement is not affected by their ectoparasites, Canadian Journal of Zoology, DOI: 10.1139/cjz-2017-0352