An expert on how predators affect our ecosystems and how to avoid being eaten by them has described the importance of being able to “talk back” to predators.
Professor Robert Tubb, an expert in the field of biological essentialism, said he was particularly interested in the relationship between humans and our natural predators and said he wanted to study this more comprehensively.
“I want to understand how we use these two different kinds of knowledge and how they interact,” Professor Tubb said.
He said the most important part of his work would be “to understand what our natural history is like”.
He said he would also like to study how different types of prey behave in different environments and “what sorts of behaviours are likely to arise in a predator’s habitat”.
He is currently working on his PhD project in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tasmania.
“Predators and other predators have evolved quite a complex system to understand the behaviour of other animals, but I’m hoping to use this knowledge to help us understand the way we interact with these animals,” Professor David Minton, who is also part of Professor Tubbs research team, said.
“We need to understand what is the best way to protect against predation.
The best way would be to understand why some animals are able to hunt and others are not.”
Professor Minton said it was important that we learn about our natural predator-prey relationships and that we should be careful to never be eaten.
“When I look at the landscape and I see what I would call a predatory species, I think ‘Oh my god’,” he said.