CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Outsmarting the feral cat: reducing predation impacts on Australia’s threatened mammals

SPEAKER: Dr Katherine Moseby, Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales

DATE: Friday, 21st June 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre.

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 and Warrnambool Campus – room J2.19 (Fishbowl).

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Feral cats are implicated in the extinction of 30 mammal species and the decline of over 100 threatened fauna in Australia. There are an estimated 3 million feral cats in Australia and they occupy every habitat type.

Re-establishing our native mammals back into the wild is a challenge when predation is the leading cause of reintroduction failure. In response, we protect threatened mammals inside fenced reserves and on islands where cats are excluded.

I discuss how innovative research is finding new ways to reduce predation impacts through harnessing natural selection, understanding hunting behaviour and altering habitat. These methods may allow widespread recovery of our unique mammals beyond the fence.


Katherine Moseby is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Ecosystem Science at UNSW and considers herself a transdisciplinary conservation biologist. She lives on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia where she owns and manages a private nature reserve and is also co-founder of three other conservation research initiatives, Wild Deserts (NSW), Arid Recovery (SA) and Tetepare Island (Solomon Islands).

Katherine conducts research designed to improve conservation outcomes through understanding the ecology of threatened species and their threats.

Appointments with speaker may be made via Tim Doherty (

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