Dr David Peacock

David has worked for the State Government for over 20 years. Formerly a national park ranger, his life changed direction when he experienced first-hand the impact and benefits of the new rabbit biocontrol agent rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) on the Flinders Ranges National Park. This was a primary factor in his decision to juggle a family and mortgage and undertake a full-time PhD at The University of Adelaide, which he attained in 2003. His PhD researched secondary toxicity in native animals in south-west Western Australia from consuming plant material from poisonous Gastrolobium plants. With a current PhD student he continues this search for solutions to feral cat predation of native fauna, particularly reintroduced animals such as the western quolls. David now primarily assists State Government in providing advice and guidance to landholders to minimize the impact of pest animals on livestock, crops and the environment. He now manages a 19yr mark-recapture epidemiological study of wild rabbits at Turretfield, SA, mainly researching the changing impact of RHDV. His other PhD student is examining genetic resistance in these rabbits to RHDV. When he can find some free time he likes to undertake quoll research, primarily collating and seeking understanding from historical accounts