Toby is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, The University of Tasmania. Toby’s primary research interest is applied ecology for conservation management, particularly in regards to top-order predators and their prey.
His research to-date focusses on changes in animal behaviour following either the introduction or eradication of novel species. Currently, Toby is completing his PhD studying changes to the diet and breeding of brown skuas on Macquarie Island, following the eradication of an abundant invasive prey, the European rabbit. Work for this project includes GPS tracking of birds during the breeding season, nest monitoring, and stable isotope analysis of skua chick feathers.