Dr Alan Newsome (1935-2007) was a pioneering ecologist. He was the first to conduct extensive studies on the red kangaroo in Central Australia and he became internationally celebrated for his research on other mammals in Australia and abroad. This book captures Alan's thoughts as a young ecologist tackling difficult questions in a harsh environment. Dr Thomas Newsome is Alan's son. A Fulbright Scholar in 2013, his research includes studies on the ecological role of top-order predators. His interests in the red kangaroo stem from living in Central Australia between 2005 and 2011, and the fact that the red kangaroo is a key prey item for Australia's top-order predator, the dingo.
-Alan Newsome was one of Australia's most distinguished ecologists. This book, written with his son Thomas, is Alan's original and definitive account of the iconic red kangaroo, but it is equally an enthralling story of personal discovery, exploration, and the joys and challenges of field research in Central Australia. It encapsulates the work of a true pioneer, and deserves to be very widely read.- --Professor Chris Dickman, University of Sydney