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Recent News​

Media coverage relating to a research paper I published in 2020 relating to the effectiveness of an inflatable person to repel dingoes:

  • ‘Wacky tube men could keep dingoes away from livestock in Australia’. Science Magazine, by Max Levy. October 20, 2020. (link)

  • ‘Portable, inflatable people may be solution to dingoes and livestock co-existing’. ABC News, by Ollie Wykeham, October 28, 2020. (link)

  • ‘CQUniversity researching whether air dancers help with wild dog control’. Queensland Country Life, by Sally Gall, October 19, 2020. (link)

  • ‘Wacky tube men to help protect farmer’s livestock from dingoes’. Australian Online News, reporter Christy Johns, October 21, 2020. (link)

  • ‘Wavy arm-flailing inflatable tube men scare off looting dingoes in Australia’. IFLS, Rachel Funnell, October 22, 2020. (link)

  • ‘Inflatable wavey people could solve dingo problem’. CQUniversity Impact Podcast, Episode 9, December 1, 2020. (link)

  • ABC radio interviews across their national networks from October 12-20. E.g., ABC National NewsRadio, ABC Darwin, Alice Springs, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay, Tropical North. Commercial radio interviews such as Hot 91.1 FM, Hitz FM 93.9, Star 101.9 FM.


Featured in various stories across 2019 and 2020 relating to the identity of the Australian dingo:

  • ‘How much of a dog is a dingo? New research rekindles identity debate’. ABC Science, by Anna Salleh, March 26, 2021. (link)

  • ‘Dingoes are a fair dinkum separate species needing better protection, researchers say’. ABC News, by Matt Coleman and Gary-Jon Lysaght, March 7, 2019. (link)

  • Related to the above article, the ABC digital team created an augmented reality effect ‘Can you tell the difference between a dingo skull and a dog skull?’. I provided the models and research used for this feature. (link)

  • ‘Debate over how to classify dingoes’. Sydney Morning Herald, March 9, 2019.

  • ‘Study proves dingoes native’. The Daily Examiner, March 11, 2019.

  • ‘Give the dingo its due, the “Aussie wolf” is not a dog: Scientists’. Brisbane Times, by Stuart Layt, March 7, 2019. (link)

  • ‘Australian researchers say dingo is not a dog, but own species’. Daily Mail, March 6, 2019.

  • ‘Dingo is its own unique species’. Daily Telegraph (Sydney), March 8, 20219, page 15.

  • ‘Researchers want dingoes ‘protected’’. Katherine Times, by Chris McLennan, March 6, 2019. (link)

  • ‘Dingoes should remain a distinct species in Australia’. (UK), March 6, 2019. (link)

  • ‘Unique claim confirmed for Australia’s dingoes’. Fraser Coast Chronicle, March 7, 2019.

  • ‘Are Australians re-domesticating the dingo’. The Atlantic (USA), by Carrie Arnold, January 31, 2018. (link).

  • Multiple radio interviews with ABC radio about dingo identity. For example, ABC WA (statewide) on March 6, 2019; ABC Sunshine Coast on March 7; ABC Western Queensland on March 11, ABC Queensland (statewide) on March 7.


In April 2019 there was a negative human-dingo interaction on K'Gari (Fraser Island), to which I was asked to comment:

  • Featured as expert on WIN Wide Bay News television program. Aired March 11, 2019.

  • Interviewed on ‘The Ben Fordham Show’ on 2GB (Sydney), April 19, 2019.

  • ‘Bear spray could be the doggone answer’. Courier Mail, March 8, 2019.

  • ‘Novel solutions to dingo attack risk’. The Bulletin, by Peter Michael, March 8, 2019.

  • ‘Dingo researchers say irresponsible bite victims should be fined’. The Advertiser, by Peter Michael, March 7, 2019.

  • ‘Repellent suggested for dingoes’. Fraser Coast Chronicle, March 9, 2019.

  • ‘Sturdy umbrellas and onion juice: Researchers provide novel ways to stave off a dingo attack after three people, including a French tourist and her son, 10, were mauled by the wild animals’. Daily Mail, by Laura Withers, March 9, 2021. (link)


In July 2018 I was asked to comment about an negative interaction between a dingo and a mine worker in Western Australia:

  • ‘Dingo attack at Telfer mine in Pilbara leaves worker with serious leg injuries’. ABC News, by James Carmody and Jon Daly, July 23, 2018. (link)

  • ‘Expert says vicious dingo attacks a rare event up north’. West Australian (Perth), by Dylan Caporn and Gabrielle Knowles, July 24, 2018, page 5.

  • ‘Dingo behaviour expert says cull not the answer following attack’. The West Australian, by Clarissa Phillips, July 23, 2018. (link)

  • Multiple interviews with Western Australian ABC radio stations on April 26 and 27, 2018, including ABC Perth, ABC South West WA, ABC Great Southern WA, ABC Goldfields, ABC North West WA, ABC Esperance, ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt, ABC Kimberley.


Other dingo-related media includes:

  • ‘Scientific studies of animal intelligence and emotion reveal surprising traits’. The Sydney Morning Herald (feature), by Stathi Paxinos, August 27, 2015. (link)

  • Interviewed on ABC Australia wide with Sinead Mengan on a story relating to keeping dingoes as pets (in response to a case in Victoria where two pet dingoes attacked another dog). March 7, 2018.


At various points between 2017-2020, I have provided expert commentary relating to the practice of co-sleeping with dogs:

  • ‘Preventing your dog or cat from interrupting your sex life’. ABC Everyday, by Kellie Scott, June 11, 2019. (link).

  • ‘Should you let pets sleep in your bed’. (a subsidiary of USA Today), by Lindsey Vickers, February 9, 2021. (link)

  • ‘Should you let sleeping dogs lie in your bed?’ IFLS, Stephen Luntz, Nov 20, 2018. (link).

  • ‘Doona dogs are good for your health’. Herald Sun, July 18, 2017.

  • ‘How to share a bed with your pet’. BottomLine Inc, by Pat Miller, July 1, 2016. (link)

  • ‘Should you let your pets sleep in bed with you? ABC Everyday, by Kellie Scott, Jan 15, 2019. (link).

  • Radio interviews with ABC, including ABC South West Victoria, ABC Goulburn Murray.


Other dog-related media includes:

  • ‘Dog owners embrace elaborate birthday party trend for beloved canines’. ABC Riverland, by Catherine Heuzenroder, February 8, 2018. (link).


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