Raising rare breeds: domestication, extinction and meat in the Anthropocene
Started at UWA: 2020
To advance theoretical understandings of domestication, extinction and human-animal relationships in the Anthropocene.
To inform public debate around livestock genetic diversity, regenerative farming, and food security.
To contribute to policy efforts to support rare-breed conservation and regenerative farming in Australia.
Work with us
We welcome rare-breed farmers to participate in this project and share their experiences.
If you’d like to get involved, please contact Dr Catie Gressier on the details below.
Extinction of farm animals threatens food security
Australian agriculture is rapidly breeding out diversity within farmed animals, genetics which could one day be the key to stopping diseases and adapting to changing environments.Read more
Research team leader
Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award: $422,108 over three years
PhD and scholarship opportunities
- One PhD scholarship funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC)
- One PhD scholarship funded by The University of Western Australia
Using ethnographic methods, one PhD candidate will investigate rare-breed conservation and related issues, with a focus on poultry (both meat birds and layers). The other will examine beef and dairy cattle. Fortnightly stipends are available for successful PhD candidates.
PhD applicants must fulfil UWA PhD entrance requirements, and have an honours or master’s degree in anthropology, or a related discipline. If you’d like to get involved, contact Dr Catie Gressier.
Bachelor of Arts
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Bachelor of Science
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Master of Agricultural Science
Enhance your knowledge and skills for a future in the rapidly evolving field of Agricultural Science.
Doctor of Philosophy
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