Niamh Quinn is the Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension and is based at the South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine. Her role is to foster communication and information sharing among university academics, CE advisors, and community members. Niamh focuses on coordinating CE programs addressing human-wildlife conflicts, especially in residential and industrial areas of Southern California, with a concentration in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. Issues related to human-wildlife conflicts, such as the negative effects of wild animals on agriculture, food safety, public health, forestry, and natural resources, are increasingly critical. Niamh has previously studied human-wildlife conflicts in California nut crops and Southeast Asian lowland rice ecosystems. She holds a BS in zoology and a PhD in small mammal ecology, both from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Why do traps work better than rodenticides? A rat trap in a bait station is more effective than a bait in a bait station.
Niamh’s articles include:
“Assessing Individual and Population-Level Effects of Anticoagulant Rodenticides on Wildlife”
“A California without Rodenticides: Challenges for Commensal Rodent Management in the Future”
“Managing Roof Rats and Deer Mice in Nut and Fruit Orchards”
Tracking tunnels are also utilized, which are designed to identify species and even individual mammals by the size of their feet.
Niamh can be reached at email@example.com.