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Biographical entry Newsome, Alan Eric (1935 - 2007)

Born
1935
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Died
2007
Occupation
Zoologist

Summary

Alan Newsome played a key role in wildlife research and management in Australia, mainly in arid and semiarid ecosystems. He was among the first to utilise indigenous knowledge in studying the ecology of Australia's mammal fauna, in particular in his studies of the abundance, distribution, habitat preference and reproductive response to environmental conditions of Red Kangaroos. In his earlier studies of mouse plagues he developed models of eruptive dynamics that underpinned most subsequent work on such plagues and their effect on agriculture. His 10-year study of dingoes resulted in greater understanding of the predator/prey relationship in the Australian outback and the broader impacts on pastoralism of introduced predators such as foxes and cats.

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Events

1957
Education - BSc, University of Queensland
1963
Education - MSc, University of Adelaide
1966 - 2000
Career position - Scientist, CSIRO Division of Wildlife Research
1967
Education - PhD, University of Adelaide
1981 - 1982
Career position - Acting Chief of Division of Wildlife Research
1983
Award - DSc, University of Adelaide
2000
Life event - Retired

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Newsome, Thomas M., 'Makings of Icons: Alan Newsome, the Red Kangaroo and the Dingo', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 25, 2014, pp. 153-71. Details

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