Anna's PhD research is focused on exploring the dynamics of genetic pest control technology in populations of interacting species.
Using a multi-species model, this research involves computational experiments to explore the feasibility of coordinating genetic pest control across four mammalian invasive species – brushtail possums, stoats, ship rats and house mice. Considering that predator-prey and competitive relationships exist between these species, such a model aims to characterise the evolutionary outcomes of fluctuating population size resulting from these species interactions.
The model will further investigate optimising practical application strategies while minimising negative ecological effects (e.g. rapid growth of a prey population after predator removal). Results may also aid the identification of key genetic design parameters that may facilitate social and cultural accessibility to core concepts relating to the technical development and feasibility of genetic pest control.