- Behavioral ecology Seed dispersal Predator-prey interactions Social behavior Urban ecology Movement ecology Disease ecology
- 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)
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.
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
- Journal Articles
- Hirsch B, Reynolds J, Gehrt S and Craft M (2016) Which mechanisms drive seasonal rabies outbreaks in raccoons?: a test using dynamic social network models. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53. pp. 804-813
- Reynolds J, Hirsch B, Gehrt S and Craft M (2015) Raccoon contact networks predict seasonal susceptibility to rabies outbreaks and limitations of vaccination. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84 (6). pp. 1720-1731
- Emsens W, Hirsch B, Kays R and Jansen P (2014) Prey refuges as predator hotspots: ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) attraction to agouti (Dasyprocta punctata) dens. Acta Theriologica, 59. pp. 257-262
- Hirsch B, Martinez D, Kurten E, Brown D and Carson W (2014) Mammalian insectivores exert top-down effects on Azteca ants. Biotropica, 46 (4). pp. 489-494
- Hirsch B, Prange S, Hauver S and Gehrt S (2014) Patterns of latrine use by raccoons (Procyon lotor) and implication for Baylisascaris procyonis transmission. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 50 (2). pp. 243-249
- Suselbeek L, Emsens W, Hirsch B, Kays R, Rowcliffe J, Zamora-Gutierrez V and Jansen P (2014) Food acquisition and predator avoidance in a Neotropical rodent. Animal Behaviour, 88. pp. 41-48
- Emsens W, Suselbeek L, Hirsch B, Kays R, Winkelhagen A and Jansen P (2013) Effects of food availability on space and refuge use by a neotropical scatterhoarding rodent. Biotropica, 45 (1). pp. 88-93
- Hauver S, Hirsch B, Prange S, Dubach J and Gehrt D. S (2013) Age, but not sex or genetic relatedness, shapes raccoon dominance patterns. Ethology, 119 (9). pp. 769-778
- Hirsch B, Prange S, Hauver S and Gehrt S (2013) Genetic relatedness does not predict racoon social network structure. Animal Behaviour, 85 (2). pp. 463-470
- Hirsch B, Kays R and Jansen P (2013) Evidence for cache surveillance by a scatter-hoarding rodent. Animal Behaviour, 85 (6). pp. 1511-1516
- Hirsch B, Tujague M, Di Blanco Y, Di Bitetti M and Janson C (2013) Comparing capuchins and coatis: causes and consequences of differing movement ecology in two sympatric mammals. Animal Behaviour, 86 (2). pp. 331-338
- Hirsch B, Prange S, Hauver S and Gehrt S (2013) Raccoon social networks and the potential for disease transmission. PLoS ONE, 8 (10).
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by Dr Ben Hirsch from 2002 onwards.
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.
- Mathematical models of transmission of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
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- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)