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Dr Benjamin Allen

Dr Benjamin Allen
Name Benjamin Allen
Position Senior Research Fellow (Wildlife)
Section Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (Operations)
Office Q523
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2025
Extension 2025
Email
Qualifications BAppSc Qld , BAppSc(Hons) Qld , PhD Qld

I've been involved with wildlife management and research since I was a child, and have been employed in the private, public and university sectors as a wildlife ecologist, conservationist and manager since 2005, specialising in predation management and human-wildlife conflict. I am a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia, a Research Associate with Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in South Africa, and the co-chair of the IUCN Canid Specialist Group's Dingo Working Group. I investigate practical solutions to a variety of complex wildlife management problems around Australia and internationally, often in extensive cropping and livestock grazing systems and peri-urban areas.


Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Vertebrate Biology ( 060809 )
  • Terrestrial Ecology ( 060208 )
  • Population Ecology ( 060207 )
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management ( 050211 )
  • Invasive Species Ecology ( 050103 )
  • Animal Behaviour ( 060801 )
  • Vertebrate Biology ( 310914 )
  • Terrestrial Ecology ( 310308 )
  • Population Ecology ( 310307 )
  • Wildlife And Habitat Management ( 410407 )
  • Animal Behaviour ( 310901 )
  • Biosecurity Science And Invasive Species Ecology ( 410202 )
  • Zoology ( 310900 )
  • Ecology ( 310300 )
  • Environmental Management ( 410400 )
  • Ecological Applications ( 410200 )

Research interests
1. Ecology and management of dingoes and other wild dogs
2. Diet, movement and management of feral cats
3. Genetic health and management of dingoes on Fraser Island
4. Effects of fire, grazing and feral animals on threatened reptiles and birds
5. Eradication of vertebrate pests from offshore and mainland islands
6. Reintroduction of threatened fauna to conservation-fenced livestock production lands
7. Development of aversive geofencing devices to constrain animal movement
8. Interactions between dingoes and cattle in extensive beef production areas
9. Fauna use of crossing structures along linear infrastructure in peri-urban areas

Professional memberships
IUCN Canid Specialist Group (Co-Chair, Dingo Working Group)
Centre for African Conservation Ecology, Nelson Mandela University (Research Associate)
Australasian Wildlife Management Society (International Partnerships Officer)
Southern African Wildlife Management Society (Committee member)

Industry affiliations
Editorial board - Food Webs
Editorial board - PLoS ONE
Editorial board - Scientific Reports
Editorial board - African Journal of Wildlife Research
Editorial board - Mammal Review
Editorial board - Animals
Editorial board - Australasian Journal of Environmental Management

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment (ILSE)
  • Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CSAS)

Administrative responsibilities
R&I Safety sub-committee

Research most recent
Scopus profile: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=36493877100
ORCID profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1533-0163



Publications in ePrints

Smith, Deane and Allen, Benjamin L.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1533-0163 (2021) Habitat use by yellow-footed rock-wallabies in predator exclusion fences. Journal of Arid Environments, 184:104329. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0140-1963

Pant, Ganesh ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1463-9273 and Maraseni, Tek and Apan, ArmandoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5412-8881 and Allen, Benjamin L.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1533-0163 (2021) Predicted declines in suitable habitat for greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) under future climate and land use change scenarios. Ecology and Evolution, 11 (24). pp. 18288-18304.

Pant, Ganesh ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1463-9273 and Maraseni, Tek and Apan, ArmandoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5412-8881 and Allen, Benjamin L.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1533-0163 (2020) Climate change vulnerability of Asia’s most iconic megaherbivore: greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis). Global Ecology and Conservation, 23:e01180. pp. 1-14.

Callen, Alex and Hayward, Matt W. and Klop-Toker, Kaya and Allen, Benjamin L.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1533-0163 and Ballard, Guy and Beranek, Chad T. and Broekhuis, Femke and Bugir, Cassandra K. and Clarke, Rohan H. and Clulow, John and Clulow, Simon and Daltry, Jennifer C. and Davies-Mostert, Harriet T. and Di Blanco, Yamil E. and Dixon, Victoria and Fleming, Peter J. S. and Howell, Lachlan G. and Kerley, Graham I. H. and Legge, Sarah M. and Lenga, Dean J. and Major, Tom and Montgomery, Robert A. and Moseby, Katherine and Meyer, Ninon and Parker, Dan M. and Periquet, Stephanie and Read, John and Scanlon, Robert J. and Shuttleworth, Craig and Tamessar, Cottrell T. and Taylor, William Andrew and Tuft, Katherine and Upton, Rose M. O. and Valenzuela, Marcia and Witt, Ryan R. and Wuster, Wolfgang (2020) Envisioning the future with ‘compassionate conservation’: An ominous projection for native wildlife and biodiversity. Biological Conservation, 241:108365. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0006-3207

Smith, Deane and Waddell, Kristy and Allen, Benjamin L.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1533-0163 (2020) Expansion of Vertebrate Pest Exclusion Fencing and Its Potential Benefits for Threatened Fauna Recovery in Australia. Animals, 10 (9):1550. pp. 1-15. ISSN 2076-2615

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Vertebrate Biology ( 060809 )
  • Terrestrial Ecology ( 060208 )
  • Population Ecology ( 060207 )
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management ( 050211 )
  • Invasive Species Ecology ( 050103 )
  • Animal Behaviour ( 060801 )
  • Vertebrate Biology ( 310914 )
  • Terrestrial Ecology ( 310308 )
  • Population Ecology ( 310307 )
  • Wildlife And Habitat Management ( 410407 )
  • Animal Behaviour ( 310901 )
  • Biosecurity Science And Invasive Species Ecology ( 410202 )
  • Zoology ( 310900 )
  • Ecology ( 310300 )
  • Environmental Management ( 410400 )
  • Ecological Applications ( 410200 )