biogeography bird distribution bird ecology birds birds and fire bristlebirds parrots Pilbara birds threatened birds

Email Allan

+61 8 9405 5109

+61 8 9306 1641
Street Address
37 Wildlife Place, Woodvale WA 6026, Australia
Postal Address
Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983, Australia


I am a Principal Research Scientist in Science and Conservation Division, where my research relates to various wildlife management issues and provision of high quality advice to the Director of Science and Conservation and various specialist branches and operations staff throughout the department. Advice is also provided to other departments, institutions and individuals.

Current research involves mainly research on threatened birds and their management, and the development and implementation of bird recovery plans, but also includes general biological survey (such as for the Pilbara Biodiversity Survey).


My major area of expertise is in avian biology and ecology, particularly in relation to the conservation of threatened birds, and as a component of biodiversity surveys at various scales. While my field experience is primarily in birds, I also have significant expertise in general zoological and botanical survey work, as well as a strong background in the study of plant and bird breeding systems, and interactions between birds and plants.

Brief CV

Academic qualifications

B.Sc.(Hons.) Flinders University of South Australia, 1974

Honours thesis: Heteroploidy in the Casuarina distyla group.

Ph.D. University of Western Australia, 1985

Thesis: Breeding Systems in Triggerplants (Stylidium; Stylidiaceae).

Research experience

I have over 30 years experience in matters related to wildlife research and conservation (see above areas of interest and expertise and below for current projects and publications).


  • Birds of Pilbara islands
  • Night Parrot survey and conservation
  • Conservation of the Western Bristlebird in relation to fire and predators
  • Conservation of the Western Ground Parrot in relation to fire and predators
  • Translocation of threatened birds from Barrow Island for fauna reconstruction in the Montebello Islands
  • Conservation status and phylogenetic relationships of threatened birds at Shark Bay