I am a passionate animal behaviourist with a fondness for rodents. I studied a BSc majoring in Zoology and Ecology, Environment and Conservation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa, and followed this with a BSc Honours in Zoology, focusing on the behavioural ecology of Kalahari tree skinks Mabyua spilogaster. I then moved to the University of Pretoria, South Africa, to study an MSc with specialisation in Mammalogy. I returned to Wits to study my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Neville Pillay. My project focused on the ontogeny and function of paternal care behaviour in the African striped mouse Rhabdomys pumilio. I moved to James Cook University in 2012, where I am currently employed in the College of Science and Engineering. My current research focuses on the behaviour of Australian mammals, specifically the fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat Melomys cervinipes, although I have some students favouring marine gastropods.

  • BS1007: Introduction to Biodiversity (Level 1; CNS)
  • BS2470: Evolution (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • BS5470: Evolution (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • BZ3061: Behavioural Ecology (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • BZ5061: Behavioural Ecology (Level 5; CNS)
  • SC1101: Science, Technology and Truth (Level 1; CNS)
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North Queensland Wildlife Trust - Grant - Research Support

Fluorescent fur remote camera field experiment

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$3,696 over 1 year
Aims: To determine if fur fluorescence can be excited by natural light and detected by nocturnal vertebrates. Outcomes: If wild animals interact consistently more often with one fur type during full moons, it will change the way we think about how nocturnal animals use light. If animals cannot detect fluorescence, the outcome will negate the need for further testing of a visual function. Significance: Using real fluorescent fur pelts in natural lighting is a world-first in discovering if nocturnal vertebrates use fluorescence as a visual cue. The result will determine if fluorescence becomes visible in different terrestrial lighting conditions
Linda Reinhold, Tasmin Rymer, David Wilson and Kristopher Helgen (College of Science & Engineering, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and Australian Museum Research Institute)
Mammals; Fluorescence; Camera trapping

Pozible.com - Crowdfunding - CrowdFunding

Coping with change: personality, hormones and bacteria

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$4,693 over 1 year
Environmental change is going to have a significant impact on animals. However, we have little understanding of how individuals will cope with these changes. I aim to study the characteristics (personality, physiology, microbial community) of animals that may help them cope, using the fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat as a model. Personality is assessed using behaviour. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is used to assess hormone concentrations while gut microbial diversity is assessed via DNA extraction and 16s amplicon sequencing. I will be able to provide a resilience guideline that can then be applied to other species.
Tasmin Rymer (College of Science & Engineering)
Crowdfunding; Environmental Change; Microbiome; Personality; Hormones; Stress; fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat; Melomys Cervinipes (muridae); ELISA

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