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Catherine Price

Discovery Early Career Research Fellow, University of Sydney

Catherine is a behavioural ecologist interested in applying animal behaviour to develop solutions to conservation problems. Catherine’s research integrates sensory ecology with behaviour and cognition to develop new approaches for managing wildlife. She is particularly interested in the drivers of foraging decisions, and how olfactory and acoustic information can be exploited to alter predator-prey and plant-herbivore interactions to protect vulnerable species. Her research has demonstrated ecologically powerful effects; developing a novel technique to reduce predator impacts without the need to kill predators, reducing black rat predation on birds’ nests by 62% using olfactory pre-exposure alone (Price & Banks 2012 PNAS). Her research has been applied internationally and resulted in new non-lethal techniques to increase shorebird nesting success. She has also worked extensively on threatened species in Australia, such as endangered Bush Stone-curlews (a ground-nesting bird) and urban populations of Long-nosed Bandicoots (a critical weight range marsupial).


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Researcher in Conservation Biology, University of Sydney


  • 2011 
    University of NSW, PhD