Research Supervision

I am currently available to provide research supervision on a variety of topics from animal behaviour to human-animal interactions.

Past and present students include:





  1. Veronika Czerwinski (Adelaide University) (2013-2017). Associate Supervisor. The Influence of Maternal Care on Stress-related Responses in Puppies, Canis familiaris.

  2. Joshua Trigg (CQUniversity) (2013-2018). Associate Supervisor. Animal-human entanglements within the disaster preparedness context: A bond-centered exploration of companion animal-related risk-taking by guardians.

  3. Michael Cvirn (CQUniversity) (2012-2018). Associate Supervisor. The effects of heat, sleep restriction and exercise on the cognitive performance of firefighters during a wildland fire simulation



  1. Robert Appleby, Griffith University, 2014-. External Supervisor. Thesis titled “The K'gari Dingo: Aspects of Ecology, Behaviour, Management and Conservation.”

  2. Petra Edwards, Adelaide University, 2017-. Associate Supervisor. Thesis titled “Investigating how dogs experience their veterinary care and Australian veterinary industry attitudes toward implementing fear-free practice.”

  3. Brenton Williams, CQUniversity, 2019-. Associate Supervisor. Thesis titled “Understanding gambling related cognitive fallacies through their association with core knowledge confusions.”

  4. Marise Trejo-Elizalde, La Trobe University, 2020-. External supervisor. Project TBC.

  5. Emma McLean, CQUniversity, 2020-. Primary supervisor. Thesis titled “Perceived versus real impacts of dingoes on livestock production: A case study from Hargraves, Central West NSW.”


  1. Taya Coates, CQUniversity, 2017. Associate Supervisor. Thesis titled “Equine assisted therapy: Locus of control and adult trauma victims.”



  1. Karen Luke, CQUniversity, 2019-. Associate Supervisor. Thesis titled “Unrecognised equine pain: its role in equestrian accidents and injuries, horse welfare and horse-human interactions.”




  1. Emma Dawes, CQUniversity, 2020, Personality descriptors used in Australian online horse advertisements.

  2. Claire Dowling, CQUniversity, 2020, Kids and their dogs: How do caregivers negotiate the interactions between children and dogs?.

  3. Natalie Jacques, CQUniversity, 2019, what influences the attitudes of Australians towards the management of wildlife?

  4. Brad Nelson, CQUniversity, 2019, The ‘nature’ of photography: Can smartphone photography increase connections with the natural world?

  5. Kathleen DeHaan, CQUniversity, 2019, Nature within ‘self’: Do people incorporate natural places into their place identity?

  6. Owen Flanders, CQUniversity, 2019, When dingoes ‘attack’: A look at human-dingo interactions as reported by the media.

  7. Rebecca Griffin, CQUniversity, 2019, Baby Names: How social influences shape the naming of our children.

  8. Jasmine Wilkes, CQUniversity, 2018, Is there a relationship between owners’ attitudes towards ownership and dog behavioural problems?

  9. Kalan Ward, Adelaide University, 2018, People’s perceptions of staffy-type dogs at an animal shelter.

  10. Brenton Williams, CQUniversity, 2017, Encephalisation in the Canidae.

  11. Joy Smith, CQUniversity, 2017, Development of a scale to measure Australian attitudes towards wildlife (AAWS).

  12. Gillian McDermott, CQUniversity, 2017, Decoding the nature of dingo-human interactions on Fraser Island.

  13. Maddison Howie, CQUniversity, 2016, Predictors of human attachment in human-dog relationships.

  14. Stephanie Jarvis, CQUniversity, 2016, ‘What’s in a pet’s name?’ Investigation into the psychological predictors for naming companion animals.

  15. Johanna Aldersey, Adelaide University, 2016, Can simple behaviour tests be used to direct career pathway in assistance dogs?

  16. Kristie Hume, Adelaide University, 2015/16, Hyperextension of the neck: a comparative study between dingoes and greyhounds.

  17. Petra Edwards, Adelaide University, 2015/16, One size fits all? Selection and use of harnesses and halters by dog owners.

  18. Jessica Mack, CQUniversity, 2015, Not so strange bedfellows: the impacts of human-animal co-sleeping practices in an Australian sample

  19. Brett Bodsworth, CQUniversity, 2015, The influence of livestock on livestock owners’ decisions during bushfires.

  20. Peta Hazelton, CQUniversity, 2015, Human-animal co-sleeping practices among Australian dog owners.

  21. Ashley Dale, CQUniversity, 2014, Teachers' attitudes towards animal-assisted therapy for students with autism spectrum disorder.

  22. Suzanne Hallett, Adelaide University, The influence of domestication on the cognitive function of canids.

  23. Lucy Braendler, Adelaide University, 2014, The relationship between stress and learning in dogs newly relinquished to an animal shelter.

  24. Tess Armstrong, CQUniversity, 2013, Expectation versus reality: The utility of subjective measures in assessing performance impairment in Australian volunteer fire fighters.

  25. Tamika Christoforou, CQUniversity, 2013. Safety is a state of mind: The effects of multi-stressor environments on the cognitive functioning of volunteer fire fighters.

  26. Emma Barry, CQUniversity, 2012. The effect of sleep restriction on the perception of cognitive and physical performance in bushland firefighters.




Mei Yuaen Poh (co-supervisor Rachel Norris). Hyperflexibility of the hip joint in dingoes (Canis dingo) compared to dogs (Canis familiaris).


Christie Ma Hong Kei (co-supervisor Rachel Norris). Orbital angle in the Australian dingo (Canis dingo).

Current Projects

Current projects I am involved with include:

  • Identity of the Australian dingo

  • Non-lethal management of dingoes

  • Attitudes toward wildlife and conservation

  • Dingo anatomy and physiology

  • The interactions between dingoes and people​

  • Human-animal co-sleeping



For research videos click here

Promoting human-carnivore co-existence: Examining non-lethal tools for sustainable dingo management

2018/19   CQUniversity (Merit Grant)   $30,850

Dr Bradley Smith, Dr Kathryn Moseby, Dr Euan Ritchie, Prof. Owen Nevin, Mr Robert Appleby

The population, behaviour and management of dingoes at Telfer Mine, Western Australia​

2015/16   CQUniversity and Newcrest Mining (Linkage grant)   $31,000

Dr Bradley Smith, Mr Robert Appleby

Behavioural development in a unique Australian mammal: The dingo (Canis dingo)

2013   CQUniversity (Seed Grant Scheme)  $11,304

Dr Bradley Smith, Prof Clive Wynne

Research Funding