Wayne Linklater

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Associate Professor School of Biological Sciences

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PhD Massey University | MSc + BSc University of Canterbury

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I’m an academic because I enjoy the freedom to follow my curiosity – learn, research, write and speak on topics that fascinate me, and critique ideas and practise. Debating and evaluating ideas, conceptually and evidentially, is central to my enjoyment of science teaching and research. Because of this, my research and teaching interests are diverse, trans-disciplinary and topical. I like the complexity and nuance of ecology and that it is central to solving some of our greatest challenges, locally and globally.

Research interests

  • Large mammal behaviour, ecology, population biology particularly for their conservation and management. Previous work on horses, rhinoceros and elephant in Australasia, Africa and south-east Asia.
  • Human dimensions of wildlife, particularly our relationship with nature, human-wildlife conflict, and wildlife crime. Using games and game theory to investigate strategies for reducing wildlife crime, mitigating human-wildlife conflict,
  • Chemical ecology including the development of semiochemicals for wildlife management. Previous work on the development of long-life lures for pest mammals, stress-distress physiology, and olfactory management of behaviour.

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Whitburn, J., Linklater, W. & Milfont, T. (2018) Exposure to Urban Nature and Tree Planting Are Related to Pro-Environmental Behavior via Connection to Nature, the Use of Nature for Psychological Restoration, and Environmental Attitudes. Environment and Behavior. DOI: 10.1177/0013916517751009

Linklater, W., Law, P., Gedir, J. & du Preez, P. (2017) Experimental evidence for homeostatic sex allocation after sex-biased reintroductions. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0088.

Jackson, M., Hartley, S., & Linklater, W (2016) Better food-based baits and lures for invasive rats Rattus spp. and the brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula: a bioassay on wild, free-ranging animals. Journal of Pest Science 89, 479-488.

Linklater, W. & Shrader, A. (2017) Rhino management challenges: Spatial and social ecology for habitat and population management, in Cromsigt J, Archibald S, Owen-Smith N (eds) Conserving Africa's Mega-Diversity in the Anthropocene: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Stringer, A. & Linklater, W. (2015) Density-dependent transmission drives macroparasite abundance across populations of a critically endangered megaherbivore. Oecologia. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-015-3319-1.

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