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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department ofVertebrate Zoology

Division of Mammals

Tarsius bancanus
bar Micaela Jemison
    Micaela L. Jemison
    Research Student

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M. Communication (Public Relations): RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia), 2012
B.S. (Zoology Honors): University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia), 2007

Research Interests

My interests are in two very different but related fields. My first research focus is on the ecology of mammalian species, with a particular focus on microbat ecology. I have worked for five years in this field at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research in Australia, completing research on a range of threatened and endangered mammals. My most recent projects involved investigations into the impact of wildfire on microbat populations and assessing the species status of the endangered Southern Bent-wing Bat. I have also worked on research studies into small mammals and marsupials (e.g. dunnarts, bandicoots and native mice) as well as introduced predator or pest species (e.g. feral dogs, cats and deer).

My second research focus is in the world of science communication. I am particularly interested in the role of science communication in mediating human-wildlife conflicts. Human–wildlife conflicts are found worldwide, and encompass a subset of human–wildlife interactions that lead to negative outcomes for either wildlife or people. Such conflicts often arise when people and wildlife compete for limited resources, or when close living arrangements generate concern for emerging infectious diseases or create wildlife disturbance or nuisance issues.

My Masters research focused on the conflict between humans and flying-fox populations during the 2011 Australian outbreak of Hendra virus, a zoonotic disease. This case study examined how various groups, including the media, government departments, advocacy groups and scientists, depicted issues surrounding the conflict. By understanding the news values of the media and the frames they employ to depict issues within a human-wildlife conflict, this research was able to make recommendations on how wildlife managers can effectively engage with the media during a wildlife conflict. I am interested in furthering this research to encompass broader issues of zoonotic disease management and communication.

Recent Publications

Lumsden, L. F., Nelson, J. L., Todd, C. R., Scroggie, M. P., McNabb, E. G., Raadik, T. A., Smith, S. J., Acevedo, S., Cheers, G., Jemison, M. L. and Nicol, M. D. 2013. A New Strategic Approach to Biodiversity Management – Research Component. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Client Report for the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Heidelberg, Victoria.

Jemison, M. L., Lumsden, L. F., Nelson J. L., Scroggie, M. P. and Chick R. R. 2012. Assessing the impact of the 2009 Kilmore East-Murrindindi Complex fire on microbats. Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria, Australia.

Nelson, J. L. and Jemison, M. L. 2012. Surveys and management guidelines for dunnarts in Central Range State park and the Big River Catchment: Black Saturday Victoria 2009 – Natural Values fire recovery program. Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria, Australia.

Brown, G. W. and Main, M. L. 2009. National Recovery Plan for the Southern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon obesulus obesulus. Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria, Australia.

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