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Wildlife scientist honoured at Tall Poppy awards

Wildlife ecologist Dr Ben Allen has been recognised for scientific excellence at the prestigious 2019 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Awards.

USQ Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow Dr Allen, who specialises in invasive species and wildlife management, particularly in wild dogs in Australia, was honoured at a ceremony at Brisbane’s Queensland Museum. 

The annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards celebrate scientific excellence and outstanding science communication and are hosted by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) in partnership with the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist.

“I'm incredibly chuffed at this recognition for our efforts to bring science to the people who need solutions to complex problems,” Dr Allen said.

He said communicating science was as important as the work itself.

“What good is research that is never shared and never used to improve community and industry? Science should not sit on a shelf.”

Dr Allen works with farmers, local governments and state governments, collaborating to solve real-world concerns in the area of human-wildlife conflicts.

“I work in wild canid ecology, conservation and management, specifically investigating predators in livestock situations (for example wild dogs attacking sheep and cattle),” he said.

“This award acknowledges the cooperation of scientists and many different stakeholders to manage the balancing act of agricultural and environmental concerns.”

The Tall Poppy Campaign was created by AIPS in 1998 to encourage younger Australians to follow in the footsteps of outstanding scientific achievers.

Young Tall Poppy Science Awards (‘Tall Poppies’) participate in education and community outreach programs in which they become role models to inspire school students and the broader community about the possibilities of science.

Man sitting in front of ute, surrounded by equipment
Wildlife ecologist Dr Ben Allen