Ms Tess O'Malley
BSc (University of Otago) Honours (Canterbury)
Research | Current
Tess is a PhD candidate investigating possum control. She is working as part of a team to test a novel possum detection and removal network installed in Egmont National Park by the Department of Conservation, as part of the Taranaki Mounga and Predator Free Taranaki projects. Her research follows two avenues of inquiry: how can we detect and reduce possums to zero-density levels over a large landscape, and how does possum control affect rat populations with specific emphasis on competitor release? In addition to invasive species control, Tess is interested in animal cognition and behavior.
Supervisor: James Russell
Co-Supervisor: Margaret Stanley