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Department of Biological Sciences, School of Science & Engineering

The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

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Dr Robbie A. McDonald 

PhD, Bristol 1998; BSc Hons, St. Andrews 1991

Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests: Theoretical and applied animal ecology. Character displacement in predator guilds. Wildlife management and conservation. Biology of mustelids, particularly stoats and weasels. 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Refereed journal articles

McDonald, R.A.; Hutchings, M.R.; Keeling, J.G.M. 1997: Status of ship rats Rattus rattus on the Shiant Islands, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Biological Conservation 82: 113–117

McDonald, R.A.; Harris, S.; Fletcher, M.; Brown, P.; Turnbull, G. 1998: Anticoagulant rodenticides in stoats (Mustela erminea) and weasels (Mustela nivalis) in England. Environmental Pollution 103: 17–23

McDonald, R.A.; Harris, S. 1999: The use of trapping records to monitor populations of stoats Mustela erminea and weasels Mustela nivalis: the importance of trapping effort. Journal of Applied Ecology 36: 679–688

McDonald, R.A.; Vaughan, N. 1999: An efficient way to prepare mammalian skulls and bones. Mammal Review 29: 265–266

McDonald, R.A.; Harris, S. 2000: The use of fumigants and anticoagulant rodenticides on game estates in Great Britain. Mammal Review 30: 57–64

McDonald, R.A. 2000: Live fast–die young: the life history of stoats and weasels. Biologist 47: 120–124

McDonald, R.A.; King, C.M. 2000: Biology of mustelids: Reviews and future directions. Mammal Review 30: 145–146

McDonald, R.A.; Webbon, C.; Harris, S. 2000: The diet of stoats (Mustela erminea) and weasels (Mustela nivalis) in Great Britain. Journal of Zoology 252: 363–371

McDonald, R.A.; Larivière, S. 2001: The diseases and pathogens of Mustela spp., with special reference to the biological control of introduced stoat Mustela erminea populations in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 31: 721–744

McDonald, R.A.; Day, M.J. & Birtles, R.J. 2001: Histological evidence of disease in wild stoats Mustela erminea in England. Veterinary Record 149: 671–675

McDonald, R.A. 2002: Resource partitioning among British and Irish mustelids. Journal of Animal Ecology 71: in press

McDonald, R.A.; Larivière, S. 2002: Captive husbandry of stoats Mustela erminea. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 29: in press

McDonald, R.A.; Harris, S.. The population biology of stoats Mustela erminea and weasels Mustela nivalis on game estates in Great Britain. Journal of Applied Ecology: in review

Books

McDonald, R.A.; Baker, P.J. Harris, S. (1997) Is the fox a pest? The ecological and economic impact of foxes in Britain. Electra, Cheddar. ISBN

McDonald, R.A.; Harris, S. 1998: Stoats and Weasels. Mammal Society, London.

McDonald, R.A.; Larivière, S. 2001: Review of international literature relevant to stoat control. Science for Conservation Department of Conservation, Wellington, New Zealand. 78p.

Edited conference proceedings

McDonald, R.A.; King, C.M. (eds) 2000: Biology of Mustelids. Proceedings of a Symposium at the Third European Congress of Mammalogy, Jyväskylä, Finland, 29th May–3rd June 1999. Mammal Review 30, 145–232

Refereed book chapters

McDonald, R.A.; Murphy, E.C. 2000: A comparison of the management of stoats and weasels in Great Britain and New Zealand. Pp 21–40 in H.I. Griffiths (ed) Mustelids in a Modern World, Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands

McDonald, R.A.; Birks, J.D.S. 2001: Effects of farming practice and wildlife management on small mustelid carnivores. In F. Tattersall & W. Manley (eds) Farming and Mammals, Linnean Society, London, in press

McDonald, R.A. 2001: The weasel family (Mustelidae). Pp xxx–xxx in D. W. Macdonald (ed) Encyclopedia of Mammals, 2nd edition, Andromeda, Oxford

McDonald, R.A.; King, C.M. 2002: Stoat. In S. Harris (ed) The Handbook of British Mammals, 4th edition, T & A. D. Poyser, in press

McDonald, R.A.; King, C.M. 2002: Weasel. In S. Harris (ed) The Handbook of British Mammals, 4th edition, T & A. D. Poyser, in press

McDonald, R.A. Mustela nivalis. In J. Kingdon, D. Happold & T. Butynski (eds) The Mammals of Africa, Academic Press, London, commissioned