SHARP, Trudy

Trudy Sharp

Research interests

  • Objective assessment of animal welfare impacts.
  • Developing best practice methods of pest animal control to minimise negative impacts on animal welfare.
  • Humane euthanasia techniques.
  • Using behavioural science to increase adoption of best practice management.
  • Public attitudes towards wildlife management and animal welfare.


Trudy Sharp is a research officer within the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit (VPRU) based at NSW DPI’s Orange Agricultural Institute. She holds a PhD in wildlife management from the University of NSW and a science degree with first class honours in psychology from the University of New England. She has been working in the field of pest animal management since 2003 and conducts multidisciplinary research that applies knowledge, theories and methodologies from animal welfare science and the behavioural sciences to develop efficient and practical solutions to a range of complex, and often contentious, issues relating to the management of vertebrate pest animals.


  • PhD - School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW 2015
  • B.Sc. (Hons) (Psych) – University of New England 2007
  • B.Sc. – University of New England 2002
  • Ass. Dip. App. Sc. (Med. Lab. Sc.) – Charles Sturt University 1989

Current projects

  • Animal welfare and sustainability of the Australian kangaroo harvesting industry.
  • Kangaroo commercial code review.
  • Understanding barriers to adoption of best practice rabbit management and community engagement in rabbit biocontrol.
  • Developing standard operating procedures and codes of practice for the humane control of invasive animals in NSW.
  • Cane toad euthanasia methods.
  • Using segmentation methodology to understand NSW hunters’ attitudes towards pest animal management.

Recent Publications

For the latest, see ResearchGate or Google Scholar.

Sharp, T. M., McLeod, S.R., Hine, D. W. & Bengsen, A. J. (2019). Understanding hunters’ attitudes toward pest animal management: a segmentation study of NSW public land hunters. A final report to the NSW DPI Game Licensing Unit as part of the larger project titled ‘Scientific Evaluation of Hunting in NSW’. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Orange NSW.

Hine, D. W., Sharp, T., & Driver, A. B. (2019). Using audience segmentation and targeted social marketing to improve landholder management of invasive animals. In P. Martin, T. Alter, D. W. Hine, & T. Howard (Eds.), Community-based control of invasive species. CSIRO, Clayton VIC.

Fanson, K.V., Best, E.C., Bunce, A., Fanson, B.G., Hogan, L.A., Keeley, T., Narayan, E.J., Palme, R., Parrott, M.L., Sharp, T. M., Skogvold, K., Tuthill, L., Webster, K. & Bashaw, M. (2017). One size does not fit all: monitoring faecal glucocorticoid metabolites in marsupials. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 244, 146-156.

Baker, S. E., Sharp, T. M., & Macdonald, D. W. (2016). Assessing animal welfare impacts in the management of European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), European moles (Talpa europaea) and carrion crows (Corvus corone). PLOS One, 11(1), e0146298.

Sharp, T. M. & McLeod, S. R. (2016). Kangaroo harvesters and the euthanasia of orphaned young-at-foot: applying the theory of planned behaviour to an animal welfare issue. Animal Welfare, 25, 39-54.

Professional associations and activities

  • International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE)
  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)
  • Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS)

Fields of research

  • 070207 Humane animal treatment
  • 050211 Wildlife and habitat management
  • 060801 Animal behaviour
  • 220101 Bioethics (human and animal)
  • 170113 Social and community psychology
  • 179999 Psychology and cognitive sciences not elsewhere classified

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Wild animal welfare
  • Animal welfare assessment
  • Human dimensions of pest animal management
  • Behavioural science

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