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Roberta Bencini

Assoc/Prof Roberta Bencini

Associate Professor
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M079)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2521
Fax
+61 8 6488 2243
Email
roberta.bencini@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BSc Milan, PhD W.Aust.
Biography
After completing a PhD on the physiology of lactation in sheep, I was appointed as an academic at The University of Western Australia in 1993. In 1995 I started developing new teaching programs in wildlife management and supervising postgraduate students with projects in wildlife conservation and management. It was one of these students, Dr Harriet Mills, who expressed an interest in a PhD project on the Dibbler (Parantechinus apicalis).
We started working together on the dibbler in 1997, when I became a member of the Dibbler Recovery Team and we were part of the expedition that collected the founders of a captive colony established at Perth Zoo. From this colony the Dibbler Recovery Team established a new population of dibblers on Escape Island, which considerably improved the conservation status of the species. My team investigated the island ecosystems inhabited by dibblers for over a decade,and this work culminated in the discovery that the availability of resources determines die-off in the males of this species.
The focus of my current research is on managing the negative effects of roads and other developments on wildlife.
Key research
Ecology and management of endangered marsupials and other threatened wildlife.
Methods of mitigating the negative effects of roads and other developments on wildlife, including underpasses and rope bridges. My major sponsor in this field is Main Roads Western Australia.
Publications
Books
Bencini R. and Murray T.L. (2012). Exploring the commercial potential of sheep milk. Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation Publ. No 11/179, ISBN 978-1-742554-356-7
Stubbs A., Abud G. and Bencini R. (2009). Dairy Sheep Manual. Farm Management Guidelines. Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation Publ. No 08/205, ISBN 174151 794X.
Bencini R. (2005). Dairy products and farming techniques for the sheep milking industry. Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation Publ. No 05/142, ISBN 174151 2050
Pulina G., Editor, and Bencini R., Technical Proof Reader (2004). Dairy sheep nutrition. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK 222 pp. ISBN 0 85199 681 7.
Bencini R. and Agboola S.O. (2003). Marketable products from sheep milk. Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation Publ. No 02/143, ISBN 0 64258542 3
Bencini R. (1999). Development of specialty sheep milk dairy products - Increasing the market scope. Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation Publ. No 99/69, ISBN 0 64257998 9

Book Chapters
Mata C., Bencini R., Chambers B.K. and Malo J.E. (2015). Predator-prey interactions at wildlife passages: between myth and reality. In Handbook of Road Ecology, R. van der Ree, D.J. Smith and C. Grilo (eds). John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. 190-197.
Bencini R., Atzori A.S. Nudda A., Battaccone G., and Pulina G. (2010). Improving the quality and safety of sheep milk. In Improving the safety and quality of milk. Volume 2: Improving quality in milk products, M. Griffiths (ed). Woodhead Publishing. 347-401.
Chambers B.K. and Bencini R. (2010). The impact of human disturbance on the population dynamics and ecology of tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) on Garden Island, Western Australia. In Macropods: the biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos. G.M. Coulson and M.D.B. Eldridge (eds). CSIRO Publishing. 211-218.
Chambers B.K., Dawson R., Wann J. and Bencini R. (2010). Speed limit, verge width and day length: major factors in road-kills of tammar wallabies on Garden Island, Western Australia. In Macropods: the biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos. G.M. Coulson and M.D.B. Eldridge (eds). CSIRO Publishing. 293-300.
McMillan A., Coupland, G., Mills H.R. and Bencini R. (2010). Determining the diet of tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) on Garden Island, Western Australia using stable isotope analysis. In Macropods: the biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos. G.M. Coulson and M.D.B. Eldridge (eds). CSIRO Publishing. 171-178.
Paplinska J.Z., Bencini R., Fisher D.O., Newell G., Goldizen A.W., Hazlitt S.L., Sigg D.P., Finlayson G., Munn A., Chambers B.K., Mayberry C. and Taggart D. (2010). Sperm competition in the Macropodoidea: a review of evidence. In Macropods: the biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos. G.M. Coulson and M.D.B. Eldridge (eds). CSIRO Publishing. 65-76.
Adams M., Bencini R. and Macfarlane C.K. (2006). Climate. In Ecology: An Australian Perspective. P. Attiwill & B. Wilson (eds), Melbourne, Oxford University Press. Second Edition. 73-89.
Nudda A., Battaccone G., Bencini R. and Pulina G. (2004). Nutrition and milk quality. In Dairy Sheep Nutrition. G. Pulina (editor) and R. Bencini (technical proof reader), CABI Publishing. 129-149.
Bencini R. (2004). The milking management of sheep In “Animal health and production Compendium”. A multimedia project of CABI Information.
http://www.cabicompendium.org/ahpc/library/html/production/milking_management_of_sheep.htm
Bencini R. and Abud G. (2004). The milking management of goats In “Animal health and production Compendium”. A multimedia project of CABI Information. http://www.cabicompendium.org/ahpc/library/html/production/milking_management_of_goats.htm
Adams M., Bencini R. and Macfarlane C.K. (2003). Climate. In Ecology: An Australian Perspective. P. Attiwill & B. Wilson (eds), Melbourne, Oxford University Press. 36-53.
Nudda A., Battaccone G., Bencini R. and Pulina G. (2002). Nutrition and milk quality. In Dairy Sheep Feeding and Nutrition. G. Pulina (editor), Bologna, Avenue Media. 197-228.
Bencini R. and Dawe S. (1998). Sheep Milking. In 'The New Rural Industries - A Handbook for Farmers and Investors' Published by The Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation 69-75.

Journal Articles (scholarly refereed journals)
Submitted and in review
Donaldson F., Bencini R., Morris K., Teale R. Wale C.H., How R.A. and Schmitt L.H. The burrowing bettongs of Barrow Island: demographic and genetic insights into a threatened macropod Wildlife Research Submitted (IF=1.00)
Miller A.C., Ralantoharijaona T., Mills H.R., Andriaholinirina Volasoa N., Misandeau C., Chikhi L., Bencini R. and Salmona J. Forest type influences population densities of Avahi laniger and Microcebus sp. in Manompana, north-eastern Madagascar. International Journal of Primatology. Submitted (IF=1.65)
Bain K., Wayne A. and Bencini R. Spatial ecology of the quokka (Setonix brachyurus) in the southern forests of Western Australia: implications for the maintenance, or restoration, of functional metapopulations’ Journal of Zoology. Submitted (IF=1.88)
Rosales Nieto C., Ferguson M.B., Claire A Macleay C.A., Briegel J.R., Wood D.A., Martin G.B., Bencini R. and Thompson A.N. (2015). Milk production and composition are not related to rates of muscle and fat accumulation in one-year-old ewes. Small Ruminant Research. Submitted (IF=1.08)

Accepted (in press)
Bateman A., Chambers B.K., Pacioni C., Rafferty C., Jones K. and Bencini R. (2017). Application of underpasses to expand nature reserves: responses of a critically endangered marsupial, the woylie, Bettongia penicillata. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy. Accepted 9.2.2017 (IF= 4.33)

Published
Phillips V.F., Chambers B.K. and Bencini R. (2017). Body condition, breeding time and joey survival rates of the quokka (Setonix brachyurus) are improved in habitats developed for tourism on Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy. Accepted 7.11.2016 (IF= 4.33)
Bain K., Wayne A. and Bencini R. (2016). Prescribed burning as a conservation tool for management of habitat for threatened species: use of the quokka (Setonix brachyurus) as a focal species in the southern forests of Western Australia. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 25, 608-617 (IF= 2.08)
Bennison C., Friend T., Button T., Mills H.R., Lambert C and Bencini R. (2016). An assessment of non-target species risk: potential impacts of poison baiting for introduced house mice (Mus domesticus) on dibblers (Parantechinus apicalis) inhabiting the Jurien Bay Islands, Western Australia. Wildlife Research 43, 61-68. (IF=1.00)
Chachelle P.D., Chambers B.K., Bencini R., Maloney S.K. (2016). Western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus ocydromus) include fauna underpasses in their home range. Wildlife Research 43, 13-19. (IF=1.00)
Yokochi K., Kennington W.J. and Bencini R. (2016). An endangered arboreal specialist, the western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis), shows a greater genetic divergence across a narrow artificial waterway than a major road. PLos One. 11,1, e0146167. (IF= 3.23).
Aryal A., Dhakal M., Panthi S., Yadav B.P., Shrestha U.B., Bencini R., Raubenheimer D. and Ji W. (2015). Is trophy hunting of bharal (blue sheep) and Himalayan tahr contributing to their conservation in Nepal? Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy. 26, 85-88. (IF=4.33).
Aryal A., Panthi S., Barraclough R.K., Adhikari B., Bencini R. and Raubenheimer D. (2015). Habitat selection and feeding ecology of Dhole (Cuon alpinus) in the Himalaya. Journal of Mammalogy. 96, 47-53. (IF=1.56)
Aryal A., Weihong J., Shreshta U.B., Bencini R. and Raubenheimer D. (2015). Conservation Conflict: Factor people into tiger plans. Nature. 522, 287. (IF= 38.14)
Bain K., Wayne A. and Bencini R. (2015). Risks in extrapolating habitat preferences over the geographical range of threatened taxa: a case study of the quokka (Setonix brachyurus) in the southern forests of Western Australia. Wildlife Research. 42, 334-342. (IF=1.00)
Chambers B.K. and Bencini R. (2015). Factors affecting the use of fauna underpasses by bandicoots and bobtail lizard. Animal Conservation. 18, 424-432. (IF = 2.85)
Miller A., Ralantoharijaona T., Misandeau C., Andriaholinirina Volasoa N., Mills H., Bencini R. (2015). A biological survey of Antsahanadraitry forest (Alan’Antanetivy corridor, Manompana) reveals the presence of the hairy-eared dwarf lemur (Allocebus trichotis). Lemur News. 19, 4-6.
Rassu S.P.G., Nudda A., Carzedda C., Battacone G., Bencini R. and Pulina G. (2015). A partial suckling regime increases milk production in Sarda dairy sheep without affecting meat quality of lambs. Small Ruminant Research. 125, 15-20. (IF=1.08)
Willers N., Bencini R., Matson P., Mawson P., Morris K. and Martin G.B. (2015). Finding the balance: fertility control for the management of fragmented populations of a threatened rock-wallaby species. Animals 5, 1329-1344.
Yokochi K. and Bencini R. (2015). A remarkably quick habituation and high use of a rope bridge by an endangered marsupial, the western ringtail possum. Nature Conservation. 11, 79-94. (IF=1.12)
Yokochi K., Chambers B.K. and Bencini R. (2015). An artificial waterway and road restrict movements and alter home ranges of endangered arboreal marsupial. Journal of Mammalogy. 96, 1284-1294 (IF=1.56)
Aryal A., Brunton D., Ji W., Karmacharya D., McCarthy T., Bencini R. and Raubenheimer D. (2014). Multipronged strategy including genetic analysis for assessing conservation options for the snow leopard in the central Himalaya. Journal of Mammalogy. 95, 871-881. (IF=1.56)
Bain K., Wayne A. and Bencini R. (2014). Overcoming the challenges of measuring the abundance of a cryptic macropod: is a qualitative approach good enough? Wildlife Research. 41, 84-93. (IF=1.00)
Mayberry C., Bencini R., Mawson P.R. and Maloney S.K. (2014). Sedation of western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus ocydromus) with tiletamine-zolazepam. Animal Welfare. 23, 141-144. (IF= 0.82)
Mayberry C., Maloney S.K., Mitchell J., Mawson P.R. and Bencini R. (2014). Reproductive implications of exposure to Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum in western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus ocydromus). Journal of Wildlife Disease. 50, 364–368. (IF= 1.19)
Mills H.R., Bradshaw F.J., Lambert C., Bradshaw S.D. and Bencini R. (2012). Reproduction in the marsupial dibbler, Parantechinus apicalis; differences between island and mainland populations. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 178, 347-54. (IF= 2.67)
Willers N., Mawson P., Morris K. and Bencini R. (2011). Biology and population dynamics of the black-flanked rock wallaby (Petrogale lateralis lateralis) in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia. Australian Mammalogy. 33, 117-127. (IF=0.87)
Lohr C.A., Esmaili T., Mills H.R. and Bencini R. (2011). Estimating the age structure of a population of brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) by comparing tooth wear and cementum lines. Australian Mammalogy. 33, 52-56. (IF=0.87)
Chambers B.K. and Bencini R. (2010). Road mortality reduces survival and population growth rates of tammar wallabies on Garden Island, Western Australia. Wildlife Research. 37, 588-596. (IF=1.00)
Harris I.M., Mills H.R. and Bencini R. (2010). Multiple individual southern brown bandicoots (Isoodon obesulus fusciventer) and foxes (Vulpes vulpes) use underpasses installed at a new highway in Perth, Western Australia. Wildlife Research. 37, 127-133. (IF=1.00)
Mayberry C., Maloney S.K., Mawson P. and Bencini R. (2010). Seasonal anoestrus in western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus ocydromus) in south-western Australia. Australian Mammalogy. 32, 189-196. (IF=0.87)
Miller S., Bencini R. and Hartmann P.E. (2010). Consumption of milk by quokka (Setonix brachyurus) young. Australian Journal of Zoology. 58, 121-126. (IF=0.59)
Lohr C.A., Mills H., Robertson H. and Bencini R. (2009). Deslorelin implants control fertility in urban brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) without impacting negatively on their body condition index. Wildlife Research. 36, 324-332. (IF=1.00)
Miller S., Bencini R. and Hartmann P.E. (2009). Composition of the milk of the quokka, Setonix brachyurus. Australian Journal of Zoology. 57, 11-21. (IF=0.59)
Murray T.L., Blache D.B. and Bencini R. (2009). The selection of dairy sheep on calm temperament before milking and its effect on management and milk production. Small Ruminant Research. 87, 45-49. (IF=1.08)
Hetherington C.A., Algar D., Mills H. and Bencini R. (2007). Increasing the target-specificity of ERADICAT® for feral cat (Felis catus) control by encapsulating a toxicant. Wildlife Research. 34, 467-471. (IF=1.00)
Banchero G.E., Perez Clariget R., Bencini R., Lindsay D.R., Milton J.T.B. and Martin G.B. (2006). Endocrine and metabolic factors involved in the effect of nutrition on the production of colostrum in female sheep. Reproduction Nutrition Development. 46, 447-460.
Clément P., Agboola S.O. and Bencini R. (2006). A study of polymorphism in milk proteins from local and imported breeds in Australia by capillary electrophoresis. LWT- Food Science and Technology. 39, 63-69. (IF= 2.71)
Muirhead S., Blache D., Wykes B. and Bencini R. (2006). Roo-Guard® sound emitters are not effective at deterring tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) from a source of food. Wildlife Research. 33, 131-136. (IF=1.00)
Start A.N., Moro D., Adams M. and Bencini R. (2006). Dunnarts from Boullanger Island: New evidence and reassessment of a taxonomic issue with resource implications. Australian Mammalogy. 28, 51-58. (IF=0.87)
Burton M. and Bencini R. (2005). Consumer acceptance of new sheep milk cheeses. Australasian Agribusiness Review. 13, Paper 6.
Iaschi S.P.A., Hui J., Chong F.N., Strange A., Strange M., Bencini R., Tay G.K. (2004). Comparison of the milk quality of the South African Boer and Australian rangeland goats. Small Ruminant Research. 53, 181-184. (IF=1.08)
Wolfe K.M., Mills H.R., Garkaklis M.J. and Bencini R. (2004). Post-mating survival in a small marsupial is associated with nutrient inputs from seabirds. Ecology. 85, 1740-1746. (IF=4.73)
Bencini R., Knight T.W. and Hartmann P.E. (2003). Secretion of milk and milk components in sheep. Animal Production Science. 43, 529-534. (IF=0.90)
Kitessa S.M., Peake D., Bencini R. and Williams A.J. (2003). Fish oil metabolism in ruminants. III. Transfer of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from tuna oil into sheep's milk. Animal Feed Science & Technology. 108, 1-14. (IF=1.71)
Miller S., Bencini R., Mills H.R. and Moro D. (2003). Food availability for the dibbler, Parantechinus apicalis, on Boullanger and Whitlock Islands, Western Australia. Wildlife Research. 30, 649-654. (IF=1.00)
Bencini R. (2002). Factors affecting the clotting properties of sheep milk. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 85, 705-719. (IF=2.08)
Nudda A., Bencini R., Mijatovic S., and Pulina G. (2002). The yield and composition of milk in Sarda, Awassi and Merino sheep milked unilaterally at different frequencies. Journal of Dairy Science. 85, 2879-2884. (IF= 2.41)
Bencini R., McCulloch C., Mills H.R. and Start A.N. (2001). Habitat and diet of the dibbler (Parantechinus apicalis) on two islands in Jurien Bay, Western Australia. Wildlife Research. 28, 465-468. (IF=1.00)
Chan C.F., Chiswell G.M. Bencini R., Hackett L.P., Dusci L.J. and Ilett K.F. (2001). Quantification of naltrexone and 6, beta-naltrexol in plasma and milk using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; application to studies in the lactating sheep. Journal of Chromatography B. 761, 85-92. (IF= 2.69)
Mills H.R. and Bencini R. (2000). New evidence for facultative male die-off in island populations of dibblers (Parantechinus apicalis). Australian Journal of Zoology. 48, 501-510. (IF=0.59)
Nudda A., Pulina G., Vallebella R., Bencini R. and Enne G. (2000). Ultrasound technique for measuring mammary cistern size of dairy ewes. Journal of Dairy Research. 67, 101-106. (IF= 1.50)
Wolfe K.M., Robertson H. and Bencini R. (2000). The Mating Behaviour of the dibbler, Parantechinus apicalis, in captivity. Australian Journal of Zoology. 48, 541-550. (IF=0.59)
Bencini R. and Pulina G. (1997). The quality of sheep milk. A review. Animal Production Science. 37, 485-504. (IF=0.90)
Bencini R. and Johnston K. (1996). Factors affecting the clotting properties of sheep milk. International Dairy Federation Bulletin special issue on production and utilization of sheep and goats milk. 3, 199-204.
Pulina G., Bencini R. and Rassu S.P.G. (1996). Relation between birth weight of lambs and milk production in ewes. Agricoltura Mediterranea. 126, 316-319.
Bencini R. (1995). Use of intramuscular oxytocin injections to measure milk output in non dairy sheep and its effect on milk composition. Animal Production Science. 35, 563-565. (IF=0.90)
Knight T.W. and Bencini R. (1993). Evaluation of two indirect selection criteria for dairy milk yield in Poll Dorset ewes. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. 36, 223-229. (IF=1.23)
Knight T.W., Bencini R., Haack N.A. and Death A.F. (1993). Effects of shearing on milk yields and milk composition in machine milked Dorset ewes. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. 36, 123-132. (IF=1.23)
Bencini R., Martin G.B., Purvis I.P. and Hartmann P.E. (1992). Use of oxytocin to measure milk output in Merino ewes and its effect on fat content. Animal Production Science. 32, 601-603. (IF=0.90)

Journal Articles (in technical non-refereed journals)
Bencini R. (1999). Sheep milking at The University of Western Australia. Land Management Society Newsletter. March 1999, 20-21.
Bencini, R. and Johnston, K. (1997). Factors affecting the clotting properties of sheep milk. Sheep Dairy News. 14, 29-30.
Bencini, R. and Pulina, G. (1997). The quality of sheep milk: a review. Wool Technology & Sheep Breeding. 45, 182-220.
Brandano P., Bencini R. and Pulina G. (1996). La qualitá del latte nella specie ovina. L'allevatore di ovini e caprini. Assonapa Publishers. 13, 7-11.
Bencini, R. and Purvis, I. W (1990). The yield and composition of milk from Merino sheep. Wool Technology & Sheep Breeding. 38, 71-73.
Multimedia Outputs
Bencini R. and Hennig W. S. (1997). 'Animal Stack': a computer simulated animal dissection. The University of Western Australia.

Technical reports
Bencini R. and Chambers B.K. (2014). Bunbury Outer Ring Road: monitoring of arboreal mammals after road construction. Interim Progress Report 3. Main Roads Western Australia.
Bencini R. and Chambers B.K. (2013). Bunbury Outer Ring Road: monitoring of arboreal mammals after road construction. Interim Progress Report 2. Main Roads Western Australia.
Chambers B.K. and Bencini R. (2013). The Factors Affecting the Use of Fauna Underpasses by Quenda and Bobtail Lizards. Report to the Department of Main Roads Western Australia.
Bencini R. (2012). Bunbury Outer Ring Road: monitoring of arboreal mammals during road construction. Interim Progress Report 1. Main Roads Western Australia.
Chachelle P.D., Chambers B.K., Bencini R. and Maloney S.K. (2012). Home range and the use of underpasses by western grey kangaroos on the Swan Coastal Plain. Report for Main Roads Western Australia.
Chambers B.K., Roselan F. and Bencini R. (2010). Determining the impact of road construction on brushtail possums: results from the Mandurah Entrance Road Report for Main Roads Western Australia.

Conference publications (full written papers in refereed proceedings)
Murray T.M, Blache D.B. and Bencini R. (2006). Calm dairy ewes produce more milk than nervous dairy ewes. Proceedings of the Australian Society of Animal Production. 26, 44.
Sart S., Bencini R., Blache D.B. and Martin G.B. (2004). Calm ewes produce milk with more protein than nervous ewes. Proceedings of the Australian Society of Animal Production. 25, 307.
Bencini R. and Hennig W. S. (1997). 'Animal Stack': a computer simulated animal dissection. In Pospisil, R. and Willcoxson, L. (Eds), Learning Through Teaching, p31-33. Proceedings of the 6th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, Murdoch University, February 1997. Perth: Murdoch University.
Milton J., Bencini R., Murphy P.M. and Davidson R. (1996). Yield and composition of milk and growth of lambs from ewes supplemented with canola meal. Proceedings of the Australian Society of Animal Production. 21, 376.
Bencini R. and Knight T. W. (1994). Double cupping and machine stripping optimise the yield and the composition of sheep milk. Proceedings of the Australian Society of Animal Production. 20, 171-174.
Bencini R., Hartmann P.E. and Lightfoot R.J. (1992). Comparative dairy potential of Awassi x Merino and Merino ewes. Australian Association of Animal Breeding and Genetics. 10, 114-117.
Bencini R. and Lindsay D.R. (1990). Problemi e prospettive della ricerca scientifica sugli ovini in Australia. In 'Nuove prospettive della ricerca sugli ovi-caprini' (New prospects in sheep and goats research). 23.11.1990, Varese, Italy. 197-214.
Bencini R. and Purvis I.W. (1990). The yield and composition of milk from Merino sheep. Proceedings of the Australian Society of Animal Production. 18, 144-148.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
My job involves teaching, research and service for The University of Western Australia.
I coordinate three postgraduate units and I supervise honours, Master and PhD students, mainly on wildlife research projects.
I also manage research grants and sit on committees and recovery teams for endangered and vulnerable species.
Future research
Methods to reduce the negative impacts of roads and development on wildlife.
Enhancing wildlife biodiversity in managed ecosystems.
Funding received
My research on road ecology is mainly supported by Main Roads WA for projects on fauna crossing structures.
Thanks to their support I have been involved in the translocation and monitoring of western ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) during the construction of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road.
We also conducted projects on fauna along the Mandurah Entrance Road (now called Mandjoogoordap Drive), the Roe 7 Highway Extension, the Perth to Bunbury Highway (Forrest Highway) and, more recently, the Northlink Project.
I have also been involved in translocation projects of free range common brushtail possums (Thricosurus vulpecula)from the Perth Zoo Grounds to Whiteman Park, where we also studied the use of underpasses to connect two fenced reserves, and of black gloved wallabies (Macropus irma) from Jandakot Airport to Harry Waring Marsupial Reserve.
In the past I attracted grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) for work on the dibbler (Parantechinus apicalis), on fertility control for wildlife management and for sheep milking research.
The Committee for the Advancement of University teaching (CAUT) and the Teaching and Learning Committee provided funds early in my career for the development of a computer simulated animal dissection (Animal Stack: a computer simulated animal dissection.
Industrial relevance
Road kills are a problem for both animals and people.
The average reported damage to a car for hitting a kangaroo is about $3000.
Our work aims at reducing road kills by researching the efficacy of amelioration measures such as underpasses for terrestrial fauna and rope bridges for arboreal marsupials like the critically endangered western ringtail possum.
Languages
English and Italian
Memberships
Australian Mammal Society (Vice President 2010-2012)
Australasian Wildlife Management Society
Women and Infants Research Foundation (2206-2008)
Dibbler Recovery Team (1997 - present)
Quokka Recovery Team (2015 - present)
Currently I am on the organising committee of the 12th International Mammalogical Congress that will be held in Perth, Western Australia, in July 2017.
Please, visit our website:
http://www.promaco.com.au/IMC12/
I hope to see you in Perth!
Honours and awards
1996 - UWA Excellence in Innovation in Teaching Award - Commendation
1997 - UWA Research Assistance Award for Outstanding Teachers
2001 - Pearson Education Uniserve Science Teaching Award – Nomination (national award for innovative use of computers in tertiary teaching)
Previous positions
1995 - 2001 Lecturer, Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Western Australia.
1992 - 1994 Associate Lecturer, Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Western Australia.
1990 - 1991 MAF (Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries) Technology Research Fellow at Flock House Research Station, Bulls, New Zealand.
Teaching
I coordinate:
BIOL5502 Managing threatened species,
BIOL5503 Sampling Techniques in Wildlife Research
SCIE4403 The conduct, ethics and communication of science.
I also give lectures in:
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems;
GEOG3304 Environmental Change,
ANIM3306 Clean, Green and Ethical Animal Production
Current external positions
Organising Committee for the 12 International Mammalogical Congress to be held in Perth in July 2017.
Please visit the website
http://www.promaco.com.au/IMC12/

Useful links
http://www.promaco.com.au/IMC12/
Current projects
Other research projects conducted by my postgraduate students include:
Wildlife management of overabundant populations of marsupials (possums, kangaroos, rock wallabies) thorugh fertility control.
Influence of road kills on wildlife and use of underpasses by fauna.
Ecology of the quokka (Setonix brachyurus).
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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