Last year I was fortunate enough to be a part of ABC Radio National's Science Show hosted by Robyn Williams. The focus of my time on the show was about my research on bringing devils back up to the mainland. Specifically, we've been using mathematical models, filled with ecological data, to predict the ecosystem effects of introducing devils to areas where dingoes have been removed.
Devils are facing a very real extinction threat from the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) so establishing a wild, disease-free colony on the mainland may be one way to mitigate devil extinction. However, progress must only proceed with extreme caution. Before any free-ranging release takes place, comprehensive and long-term captive trials are going to be crucial to understand the effects of devils mainland ecosystems.
You can hear the piece via this link -