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The Red Kangaroo in Central Australia: An Early Account by A.E. Newsome

Alan Newsome Thomas Newsome

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CSIRO Publishing
01 July 2016
History of science; Marsupials & monotremes; Wildlife: mammals
The red kangaroo is at the heart of Australia's ecological identity. It is Australia's largest terrestrial land mammal and the only kangaroo truly restricted to Australia's arid interior. Almost nothing was known about the ecology of the red kangaroo when a young Alan Newsome began to study it in 1957.

He discovered how droughts affect reproduction, why red kangaroos favour different habitats during droughts and that explosions in red kangaroo numbers were caused by changes to the landscape wrought by graziers. Most importantly, he realised the possibilities of enriching western science with Indigenous knowledge, a feat recognised today as one of the greatest achievements of his career.

First drafted in 1975 and now revised and prepared for publication by his son, The Red Kangaroo in Central Australia captures Alan's thoughts as a young ecologist working in Central Australia in the 1950s and 1960s.
By:   Alan Newsome, Thomas Newsome
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   285g
ISBN:   9781486301553
ISBN 10:   148630155X
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   01 July 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Red Kangaroo in Central Australia: An Early Account by A.E. Newsome

-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


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