Dr Claire Brennan is a lecturer in History at JCU. She teaches and supervises at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.Claire's honours project led her to an interest in the history of sport hunting, first in New Zealand, then globally. Her University of Melbourne PhD thesis looked at the history of hunting in New Zealand and Australia, and placed it in a global context.
While based in Townsville Claire's interests have become more tropical. She continues to research the history of hunting (including the history of recreational fishing) but her interest in animal history has extended to include the history of livestock breeding. Her teaching has led her to publish within global history, and her place at James Cook University has led her to an interest in the physical process of early European exploration within the Pacific and across the Australian continent.
Claire's current research focuses on crocodile hunting in tropical Australia.