Neil Jordan

Lecturer
Qualifications

PhD Zoology (University of Cambridge, 2009)

MSc Zoology (University of Stellenbosch, 2005)

BSc(Hons) Zoology (University of Manchester, 2000)

I am most interested in the ecology and behavior of predators in human- or livestock-dominated areas, and in developing and evaluating tools to reduce human-wildlife conflict. Other interests include animal communication, and most recently in applying this to managing carnivore movements. Overall I am interested in research underpinning conservation management.

Research Activities

The underlying motivation for my research program is to produce research and evidence that contributes to wildlife management, particularly addressing human-wildlife conflict, a key driver of carnivore decline globally. Details of my carnivore conservation research can be found here on my website, including carnivore conservation research in Botswana, in collaboration with Botswana Predator Conservation, and encompassing conservation ecology and applied conservation programs, particularly focused on large carnivores including African wild dogs, lions, leopards, and hyaenas.

In Australia, my Myall Lakes Dingo Project, supported by the Hermon Slade Foundation and Taronga Conservation Society Australia, aims to develop and test non-lethal tools for dingo management.

I also conduct research in reintroduction biology, specifically focusing on a Greater bilby breed-for-release program at Taronga Western Plains Zoo (where I am based), and reintroduction and rehabilitation of wildlife more broadly.

 

Teaching

BIOS6671- Biodiversity and Conservation of Natural Resources

The course covers applications of community ecology, population biology and genetics to the management of natural resources, environmental problems and conservation of biodiversity. Principles are conveyed using examples from terrestrial and marine flora and fauna, with a focus on the nature and importance of biodiversity, and the design and management of programs for the conservation of species and ecosystems. The course includes an in-depth field component studying the tools and practicalities of reintroduction biology- and focusing on a Greater bilby breed-for-release program at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This course is co-convened by Dr Neil Jordan and Dr Teagan Gale.

 

BIOS6723- River Basin Ecosystem Management (Botswana)

This is an intensive field course (10 days, 6 unit of credit course) focused on the management of one of the world’s most spectacular ecosystems – the Okavango Delta World Heritage site in Botswana. Upstream pressures to build dams and withdraw water threaten the entire ecosystem. In this course, we partner with Kings College London and Arizona State University (our PLuS Alliance partners) and the University of Botswana,resulting in a diverse mix of students and competition for the few places available (last year 6 UNSW students). The course is jointly coordinated by Professor Richard Kingsford, Dr Neil Jordan and Dr Keith Leggett from BEES and also academics from Arizona State University and Kings College London.  

 

Engagement

Coexistence Director of Botswana Predator Conservation

Member Human-Wildlife Conflict Working Group in Botswana

Member Carnivores Botswana

Member, Research Committee, The Carnivore Conservancy

Organisational units

Publications

Journal articles
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Rafiq K; Jordan NR; Meloro C; Wilson AM; Hayward MW; Wich SA; McNutt JW, 2020, 'Scent-marking strategies of a solitary carnivore: boundary and road scent marking in the leopard', Animal Behaviour, vol. 161, pp. 115 - 126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.12.016
2020
Jordan NR; Smith BP; Appleby RG; van Eeden LM; Webster HS, 2020, 'Addressing inequality and intolerance in human-wildlife coexistence.', Conserv Biol, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13471
2020
Rafiq K; Hayward MW; Wilson AM; Meloro C; Jordan NR; Wich SA; McNutt JW; Golabek KA, 2020, 'Spatial and temporal overlaps between leopards (Panthera pardus) and their competitors in the African large predator guild', Journal of Zoology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12781
2020
Rafiq K; Jordan NR; Wilson AM; McNutt JW; Hayward MW; Meloro C; Wich SA; Golabek KA, 2020, 'Spatio-temporal factors impacting encounter occurrences between leopards and other large African predators', Journal of Zoology, vol. 310, pp. 191 - 200, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12746
2020
Chisholm S; Stein AB; Jordan NR; Hubel TM; Shawe-Taylor J; Fearn T; McNutt JW; Wilson AM; Hailes S, 2019, 'Parsimonious test of dynamic interaction', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 9, pp. 1654 - 1664, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4805
2019
Brink H; Purcell B; Letnic M; Webster H; Appleby R; Jordan N, 2019, 'Pets and pests: a review of the contrasting economics and fortunes of dingoes and domestic dogs in Australia, and a proposed new funding scheme for non-lethal dingo management', Wildlife Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR19030
2019
Kusler A; Jordan NR; McNutt JW; Broekhuis F, 2019, 'Cheetah marking trees: Distribution, visitation and behaviour', African Journal of Ecology, vol. 57, pp. 419 - 422, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aje.12602
2019
Rafiq K; Appleby RG; Edgar JP; Jordan NR; Dexter CE; Jones DN; Blacker ARF; Cochrane M, 2019, 'OpenDropOff: An open-source, low-cost drop-off unit for animal-borne devices', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 10, pp. 1517 - 1522, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13231
2019
Bryant B; Pittard S; Jordan NR; McMahon CR, 2019, 'Chemical capture of wild swamp buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) in tropical northern Australia using thiafentanil, etorphine and azaperone combinations', Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 97, pp. 33 - 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/avj.12782
2019
Jordan NR; Buse C; Wilson AM; Golabek KA; Apps PJ; Lowe JC; Van der Weyde LK; Weldon McNutt J, 2017, 'Dynamics of direct inter-pack encounters in endangered African wild dogs', Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00265-017-2338-9
2017
Walker RH; King AJ; McNutt JW; Jordan NR, 2017, 'Sneeze to leave: African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) use variable quorum thresholds facilitated by sneezes in collective decisions', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.0347
2017
McNutt JW; Stein AB; McNutt LB; Jordan NR, 2017, 'Living on the edge: Characteristics of human-wildlife conflict in a traditional livestock community in Botswana', Wildlife Research, vol. 44, pp. 546 - 557, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR16160
2017
Torrents-Tico M; Rich L; McNutt JW; Nthomiwa M; Mothala M; Motsamai G; Jordan NR, 2017, 'On the right track? Comparing concurrent spoor and camera-trap surveys in Botswana', AFRICAN JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE RESEARCH, vol. 47, pp. 128 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.3957/056.047.0128
2017
Dewhirst OP; Roskilly K; Hubel TY; Jordan NR; Golabek KA; McNutt JW; Wilson AM, 2017, 'An exploratory clustering approach for extracting stride parameters from tracking collars on free-ranging wild animals', Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 220, pp. 341 - 346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.146035
2017
Jackson CR; Groom RJ; Jordan NR; McNutt JW, 2017, 'The effect of relatedness and pack size on territory overlap in African wild dogs', Movement Ecology, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40462-017-0099-8
2017
Abrahms B; Sawyer SC; Jordan NR; McNutt JW; Wilson AM; Brashares JS, 2017, 'Does wildlife resource selection accurately inform corridor conservation?', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 54, pp. 412 - 422, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12714
2017
Jordan N, 2016, 'Pair-specific scents in African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus, and an example of a potential method to identify signals within complex mixtures.', in Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 13, Springer, pp. 461 - 476, presented at Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 13
2016
Abrahms B; Jordan NR; Golabek KA; McNutt JW; Wilson AM; Brashares JS, 2016, 'Lessons from integrating behaviour and resource selection: activity-specific responses of African wild dogs to roads', Animal Conservation, vol. 19, pp. 247 - 255, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acv.12235
2016
Hubel TY; Myatt JP; Jordan NR; Dewhirst OP; McNutt JW; Wilson AM, 2016, 'Energy cost and return for hunting in African wild dogs and cheetahs', Nature Communications, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11034
2016
Hubel TY; Myatt JP; Jordan NR; Dewhirst OP; McNutt JW; Wilson AM, 2016, 'Additive opportunistic capture explains group hunting benefits in African wild dogs', Nature Communications, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11033
2016
Pomilia MA; Mcnutt JW; Jordan NR, 2015, 'Ecological predictors of African wild dog ranging patterns in Northern Botswana', Journal of Mammalogy, vol. 96, pp. 1214 - 1223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyv130
2015
Apps P; Mmualefe L; Jordan NR; Golabek KA; McNutt JW, 2014, 'The "tomcat compound" 3-mercapto-3-methylbutanol occurs in the urine of free-ranging leopards but not in African lions or cheetahs', Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, vol. 53, pp. 17 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bse.2013.12.013
2014
Jordan NR; Apps PJ; Golabek KA; McNutt JW, 2014, 'Top marks from top dogs: Tandem marking and pair bond advertisement in african wild dogs', Animal Behaviour, vol. 88, pp. 211 - 217, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.12.001
2014
Jordan NR; Golabek KA; Apps PJ; Gilfillan GD; Mcnutt JW, 2013, 'Scent-mark identification and scent-marking behaviour in African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus)', Ethology, vol. 119, pp. 644 - 652, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eth.12105
2013
Jordan NR; Messenger J; Turner P; Croose E; Birks J; O'Reilly C, 2012, 'Molecular comparison of historical and contemporary pine marten (Martes martes) populations in the British Isles: Evidence of differing origins and fates, and implications for conservation management', Conservation Genetics, vol. 13, pp. 1195 - 1212, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10592-012-0365-7
2012
Nichols HJ; Jordan NR; Jamie GA; Cant MA; Hoffman JI, 2012, 'Fine-scale spatiotemporal patterns of genetic variation reflect budding dispersal coupled with strong natal philopatry in a cooperatively breeding mammal', Molecular Ecology, vol. 21, pp. 5348 - 5362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.12015
2012
Jordan NR; Mwanguhya F; Furrer RD; Kyabulima S; Rüedi P; Cant MA, 2011, 'Scent marking in wild banded mongooses: 2. Intrasexual overmarking and competition between males', Animal Behaviour, vol. 81, pp. 43 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.07.009
2011
Jordan NR; Mwanguhya F; Kyabulima S; Rüedi P; Hodge SJ; Cant MA, 2011, 'Scent marking in wild banded mongooses: 3. Intrasexual overmarking in females', Animal Behaviour, vol. 81, pp. 51 - 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.10.007
2011
Jordan NR; Manser MB; Mwanguhya F; Kyabulima S; Rüedi P; Cant MA, 2011, 'Scent marking in wild banded mongooses: 1. Sex-specific scents and overmarking', Animal Behaviour, vol. 81, pp. 31 - 42, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.07.010
2011
Jordan NR; Mwanguhya F; Kyabulima S; Rüedi P; Cant MA, 2010, 'Scent marking within and between groups of wild banded mongooses', Journal of Zoology, vol. 280, pp. 72 - 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7998.2009.00646.x
2010
Golabek KA; Jordan NR; Clutton-Brock TH, 2008, 'Radiocollars do not affect the survival or foraging behaviour of wild meerkats', Journal of Zoology, vol. 274, pp. 248 - 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7998.2007.00377.x
2008
Jordan NR, 2007, 'Scent-marking investment is determined by sex and breeding status in meerkats', Animal Behaviour, vol. 74, pp. 531 - 540, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.12.015
2007
Jordan NR; Cherry MI; Manser MB, 2007, 'Latrine distribution and patterns of use by wild meerkats: implications for territory and mate defence', Animal Behaviour, vol. 73, pp. 613 - 622, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.06.010
2007
Russell AF; Young AJ; Spong G; Jordan NR; Clutton-Brock TH, 2007, 'Helpers increase the reproductive potential of offspring in cooperative meerkats', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 274, pp. 513 - 520, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2006.3698
2007
Carlson AA; Manser MB; Young AJ; Russell AF; Jordan NR; McNeilly AS; Clutton-Brock T, 2006, 'Cortisol levels are positively associated with pup-feeding rates in male meerkats', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 273, pp. 571 - 577, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2005.3087
2006
Clutton-Brock TH; Hodge SJ; Spong G; Russell AF; Jordan NR; Bennett NC; Sharpe LL; Manser MB, 2006, 'Intrasexual competition and sexual selection in cooperative mammals', Nature, vol. 444, pp. 1065 - 1068, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature05386
2006
Carlson AA; Russell AF; Young AJ; Jordan NR; McNeilly AS; Parlow AF; Clutton-Brock T, 2006, 'Elevated prolactin levels immediately precede decisions to babysit by male meerkat helpers', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 50, pp. 94 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2006.01.009
2006
Plowman AB; Jordan NR; Anderson N; Condon E; Fraser O, 2005, 'Welfare implications of captive primate population management: Behavioural and psycho-social effects of female-based contraception, oestrus and male removal in hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas)', Applied Animal Behaviour Science, vol. 90, pp. 155 - 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2004.08.014
2005
Clutton-Brock TH; Russell AF; Sharpe LL; Jordan NR, 2005, ''False feeding' and aggression in meerkat societies', Animal Behaviour, vol. 69, pp. 1273 - 1284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2004.10.006
2005
Russell AF; Carlson AA; McIlrath GM; Jordan NR; Clutton-Brock T, 2004, 'Adaptive size modification by dominant female meerkats', Evolution, vol. 58, pp. 1600 - 1607, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0014-3820.2004.tb01739.x
2004
Jordan NR; Golabek KA; McNutt JW, 2002, 'Top marks from top dogs: Tandem marking and pair bond advertisement in dominant African wild dogs', New Scientist, vol. 176, pp. 42
2002