Dr Linda van Bommel

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Predator ecology

Human wildlife conflict

Wildlife management


  • Smith, B.P., Snijders, L., Tobajas, J., Whitehouse-Ted, K., van Bommel, L., Pitcher, B.J., St.Clair, C.C., Appleby, R.G., Jordan, N., Gregor, A.J. (in press) Deterring and Repelling wildlife. In: Smith, B.P (ed). Wildlife Research in Australia. (CSIRO: Clayton South, Vic) 

  • Johnson, C.N., van Bommel, L., Williams, D. (2019) Livestock guardian dogs and animal welfare: Comment on Allen et al. (2019). “Animal welfare considerations for using large carnivores and guardian dogs as vertebrate biocontrol tools against other animals”. Biological Conservation 

  • van Bommel, L., Johnson, C.N. (2017). 10. Predation control. In: D. Ferguson, C. Lee, A. Fisher (eds). Advances in Sheep Welfare. pp. 177-196 (Elsevier: London)  

  • Van Bommel, L & Johnson, C 2017, 'Olfactory communication to protect livestock: Dingo response to urine marks of livestock guardian dogs', Australian Mammalogy, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 219-226.
  • Boast, L, Van Bommel, L, Andresen, L et al 2017, 'Spoor Tracking to Monitor Cheetah Populations', in (ed.), Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation, Academic Press - Elsevier, USA, pp. 427-435.
  • Ribeiro, S, Dornig, J, Guerra, A et al 2017, Livestock Guarding Dogs Today: Possible Solutions To Perceived Limitations, pp. 36-54pp.
  • Van Bommel, L & Johnson, C 2016, 'Livestock guardian dogs as surrogate top predators? How Maremma sheepdogs affect a wildlife community', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 6, no. 18, pp. 6702-6711.
  • Matthews, A, Ruykys, L, Ellis, W et al. 2013, 'The success of GPS collar deployments on mammals in Australia', Australian Mammalogy, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 65-83.
  • Van Bommel, L 2010, Guardian Dogs: Best Practice Manual for the use of Livestock Guardian Dogs.
  • Van Bommel, L, Bij de Vaate, M, De Boar, W et al 2007, 'Factors affecting livestock predation by lions in Cameroon', African Journal of Ecology, vol. 45, pp. 490-498.
  • Van Bommel, L & Johnson, C 2014, 'How guardian dogs protect livestock from predators: Territorial enforcement by Maremma sheepdogs', Wildlife Research, vol. 41, no. 8, pp. 662-672.
  • Van Bommel, L & Johnson, C 2014, 'Where do livestock guardian dogs go? Movement patterns of free-ranging Maremma sheepdogs', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 9, no. 10.
  • Van Bommel, L & Johnson, C 2014, 'Protecting livestock while conserving ecosystem function: non-lethal management of wild predators', in Glen, A.S., Dickman, C.R. (ed.), Carnivores of Australia. Past, Present and Future, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Vic, pp. 323-353.
  • Van Bommel, L & Johnson, C 2012, 'Good dog! Using livestock guardian dogs to protect livestock from predators in Australia's extensive grazing systems', Wildlife Research, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 220-229.
  • Gibbons P, Van Bommel L, Gill AM, Cary GJ, et al. 2012. Land management practices associated with house loss in wildfires. PLoS ONE, 7: e2912.
  • Mackey, B, Gilmore, S, Pringle, H et al 2010, 'BioPrEP - A regional, process-based approach for assessment of land with high conservation value for Bush Heritage Australia', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 51-60.