Dr Miguel A Bedoya-Pérez

Dr Miguel A Bedoya-Pérez
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Research Fellow
Primary research group: 
Savanna Wildlife Research and Conservation Management
PhD. The University of Sydney. Biology Licentiate. Universidad Simón Bolívar.
+61 8 8946 7728


Originally from Venezuela in South America, I completed my honours thesis in 2007 at the University Simón Bolívar. My research was focused on the behavioural ecology and reproduction of Capybaras, the largest rodent species in the world. From 2007 to 2008, I became a research assistant in the Experimental Ecology Laboratory at the University Simón Bolívar and was involved in the Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA) project, framed within the Census of Marine Life (CoML) worldwide Initiative. I moved to Australia in 2009 to pursue a PhD at the University of Sydney on the foraging ecology of swamp wallabies, which I completed in 2013. In October 2013 I joined RIEL as a research fellow tasked to estimate the impacts of Agile Wallabies  to pastoral land in the north (1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).

Over the years, I have been involved in varies research projects in Australia and overseas; with a special emphasis in conducting field work with a wide variety of taxa and ecosystems: from South American capybaras in seasonally flooded savannas, Australian possums and macropods in Eucalypt woodland, sea turtles and intertidal communities in the Caribbean sea, to endangered frog in river corridors.

I consider myself behavioural ecologist, particularly interested in evolutionary biology. I have a wide interest in the evolution and ecological significance of specific behaviours in animals, and how they are underpinned by ecological interactions, untimely shaping evolutionary change. I want to know about the plasticity of behavioural traits involving sexual selection, mating systems, social networking and foraging. And ask questions about the adaptability of behaviours to environmental changes (anthropogenic or natural) potentially affecting animal populations and promoting the appearance of new dynamics, such as new species interactions -introduced species- and shifts on selective pressures.

My projects

The Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis) is protected by law, but is considered a pest specie

People I work with

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Amanda Lilleyman
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Dr Diane Pearson
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Dr Don Franklin
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Muhammad Quddus
PhD Student
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Adam Britton
Adjunct - Senior Research Associate
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Cassie Scoble
Research Associate
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Dr E.O. Menge
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Anna Weier
PhD Student
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Stewart Pittard
PhD Candidate
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Eddie Webber
Alumni - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
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Alyson Stobo-Wilson
PhD Candidate
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Dr Brett Murphy
Senior Research Fellow
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Natalie Dowling
PhD Candidate
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Billy Ross
PhD Student
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Dr Hamish Campbell
Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer
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Harinandanan Paramjyothi
PhD Student
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Amélie Corriveau
PhD Student
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Dr Leigh-Ann Woolley
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Rebecca Lehrke
PhD Student
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Cara Ellen Penton
PhD Candidate

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