Wildlife, Cake And Cocktails

WCC Ep.46. Cane Toads, Goannas, and CTA with Dr Georgia Ward-Fear

June 5, 2019

We’re talking cane toads, goannas, and traditional ecological knowledge with Dr. Georgia Ward-Fear while enjoying caramel-vanilla slice and a Sweet Poison cocktail! Dr. Ward-Fear is a conservation ecologist at the University of Sydney with a broad interest in evolution, ecology, invasive species, reptiles, and more. We chat about her fascinating PhD research and conservation program, training wild yellow-spotted monitor lizards to avoid poisonous cane toads via Conditioned Taste Aversion. We also discuss the vital role of indigenous ranger collaboration for the success of this novel conservation program. 

Follow Dr. Georgia Ward-Fear Twitter @g_wardfear, and check out www.canetoadcoalition.com

 

New Research:

Ward-Fear 2016 Ecological immunization: in situ training of free-ranging predatory lizards reduces their vulnerability to invasive toxic prey. Biology Letters. Vol. 12, Issue 1. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/abs/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0863

 

Ward‐Fear et al 2019 Sharper eyes see shyer lizards: Collaboration with indigenous peoples can alter the outcomes of conservation research. Conservation Letters. Online early. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/conl.12643

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