Emeritus Professor Gordon Grigg
Emeritus Professor, Zoology, University of Queensland
Gordon Grigg is an Emeritus Professor of Zoology at the University of Queensland, the venue for his initial degree. His PhD is from the University of Oregon, USA, and he has a DSc from the University of Sydney. His academic career comprised 20 years at the University of Sydney and then 20 years back at the University of Queensland, including 10 years as Head of the Zoology Department. He is a vertebrate biologist with particular interests in physiological ecology; exploring physiological, behavioural and ecological attributes that fit them for life in their particular environments. He has about 200 research publications, the most recent being a book “Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians” (http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/7185.htm) .
Flying aerial surveys of kangaroo populations in the 1970s led to a parallel career in kangaroo population ecology and impressed on him the damage that sheep had done to Australia’s sheep rangelands. This prompted him to become a strong advocate for the commercial harvesting of kangaroos, seeing a potential conservation benefit if woolgrowers could come to see kangaroos as a resource instead of a pest, which in turn could enable them to carry fewer sheep and, thus, reduce total grazing pressure. His keynote address at the 1994 conference was titled “Sustainable Use of Wildlife; a New Direction in Conservation?” The 2016 conference is an opportunity for constructive review and reconsideration.