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.
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).
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).