Posted: November 10, 2022

Join us on November 17th for a conversation with Darren Marhsall, Southern Queensland Landscapes’ pest and community engagement specialist, about his work using community engagement as an essential strategy for feral pig management in Australia.

For landholders in Australia, feral pigs represent a key natural resource management and pest control issue. Feral pigs destroy landscapes and wildlife habitats, reduce the value and productivity of agricultural operations, and serve as vectors of diseases that threaten other animal and human populations. After more than a decade of working in pest control without feeling like he was seeing a significant change, Darren began to think differently about “the pig problem” and “the people problem.” In this talk, Darren will share stories from the field that illustrate why a key piece of feral pig research is getting people motivated to work together and how ecology data can be used to inspire collective action. 

Darren will be joining us from Australia via Zoom on Thursday, November 17th at 4:00pm. Register today for our chat with Darren about his experiences with feral pigs, applied research, and community engagement.  

Darren Marshall is a specialist in engaging people in effective, coordinated pest animal control and landscape scale environmental management. Darren is currently a General Manager with Southern Queensland Landscapes, where he serves as the Vertebrate Pest & Wildlife Management Lead. He is completing a PhD.I, testing different engagement strategies, which use scientific research as a vehicle to motivate landholders to take collective action to address the feral pig issue in Australia. This study is part of a collaboration with the University of New England (AUS) and Penn State University (USA). 

Darren has also worked with Inglewood Shire Landcare, (the then) Queensland Department of Natural Resources, the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Australian Army. Darren’s interests lie in improving environmental management through working with land managers to tackle issues that can only be addressed at a landscape scale, particularly linking good research with on-ground outcomes. 

For a glimpse into Darren’s on-the-ground work in Australia, see this video clip: 

Each "Stories from the Field” session is designed to be open and conversational. Our speaker will share a bit about their work to springboard conversations with attendees about the practice of community engagement and applied research. We hope you’ll join us!