About

I am interested in the intersection of animal behavior and ecology: how does ecology affect the behavior of animals and how can the behavior of animals affect their ecosystems? To this end, I’ve studied a variety of mammal species such as: ring-tailed and white-nosed coatis, beach mice, agoutis, raccoons, and capuchin monkeys. My work has focused on social behavior, predator-prey interactions, seed dispersal, urban ecology, movement ecology, and disease ecology. My current research seeks to understand basic and applied behavioral ecology questions in the Queensland wet tropics region.

Teaching
  • BZ1001: Introduction to Biological Processes (Level 1; TSV)
  • BZ2440: Ecology and Conservation (Level 2; TSV)
  • BZ3220: Population and Community Ecology (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ5220: Population and Community Ecology (Level 5; TSV)
  • BZ5440: Ecology and Conservation (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Behavioral ecology Seed dispersal Predator-prey interactions Social behavior Urban ecology Movement ecology Disease ecology
Experience
  • 2014 to 2015 - Post-doctoral researcher, University of Florida (Pensacola, FL)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Post-doctoral researcher, The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Post-doctoral researcher, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Post-doctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institute (Washington DC)
  • 2007 - Resident professor, Organization for Tropical Studies (Costa Rica)
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Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by Dr Ben Hirsch from 2002 onwards.

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Current
  • Mathematical models of transmission of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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