Hannah Bannister

Hannah Bannister

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

I am a PhD Candidate in Associate Professor David Paton's ecology lab group. My research aims to identify factors influencing the reintroduction success and population persistence of brushtail possums in the semi-arid zone. My co-supervisors are Dr Katherine Moseby (UoA) and Robert Brandle (DEWNR).

My PhD research involves studying brushtail possums in the semi-arid zone. While brushtail possums were historically spread across much of Australia, in the past 200 years they have disappeared from more than half of their former distribution, with declines most pronounced in the arid and semi-arid zones. A partnership between DEWNR and FAME (The Foundation for Australia's Most Endangered Species) saw the brushtail possum reintroduced to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park in 2015, where they have been locally extinct for around 70 years. Successful fox control via the Bounceback Program facilitated the reintroduction. My project aims to identify alternative release methods that may improve reintroduction success, as well determining whether previous exposure to predators is important for reintroduction success in an area where foxes are controlled. To investigate the likelihood of population persistence, I'm studying the movement and survival of juvenile possums born in the Park, as well as the diet and habitat use of the possums. This research should aid in re-establishing the brushtail possum in the arid and semi-arid zone, and may facilitate and guide new reintroduction projects for the species in future.

  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award Student Poster prize, AWMS Conference 2017 Australasian Wildlife Management Society Australia
    2015 Award EMR Student Prize for a poster presentation on management or restoration The Ecological Society of Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 The University of Western Australia Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    2012 The University of Western Australia Australia Bachelor of Science (Zoology; Conservation Biology)
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Bannister, H. L., Hodgens, P., & Moseby, K. (2019). Offspring sex and maternal effects influence the development and natal dispersal of an arboreal marsupial. Journal of Mammalogy.
    2018 Bannister, H., Brandle, R., Delean, S., Paton, D., & Moseby, K. (2018). Supportive release techniques provide no reintroduction benefit when efficacy and uptake is low. Oryx, Online, 1-9.
    DOI Scopus1
    2018 Bannister, H., Brandle, R., & Moseby, K. (2018). Antipredator behaviour of a native marsupial is relaxed when mammalian predators are excluded. Wildlife Research, 45(8), 726-736.
    2016 Bannister, H., Lynch, C., & Moseby, K. (2016). Predator swamping and supplementary feeding do not improve reintroduction success for a threatened Australian mammal, Bettongia lesueur. Australian Mammalogy, 38(2), 177-187.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS6
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2018 Moseby, K., Bannister, H., Jensen, M. A., & West, R. (2018). Is individual variation in physical or behavioural traits likely to significantly affect reintroduction success?. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2nd International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference. Chicago, United States of America.


  • $5950 - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment
  • $3000 - Nature Foundation South Australia
  • $3000 - Field Naturalists Society of South Australia
  • $1500 - The Linnean Society of New South Wales


  • $3,000 - Field Naturalists Society of South Australia
  • $3,000 - Nature Foundation South Australia
  • $1,000 - Nature Conservation Society of South Australia
  • $7,500 - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment
  • $1,500 - Australian Wildlife Society


  • $2,000 - Nature Foundation South Australia
  • $1,000 - Biology Society of South Australia
  • $7,000 - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment

2014 (Honours):

  • $1,000 - Nature Foundation South Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Australian Wildlife Society
    2015 - ongoing Member Biology Society of South Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member Ecological Society of Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member Australian Mammal Society

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