Conference Speakers

The Conference Organising Committee would like to thank all presenters for their participation in the Conservation through Sustainable Use of Wildlife Conference 2016. 

Keynote Speakers

  • Emeritus Professor Gordon Grigg

    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” ( . 

    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.

  • Dr Bidda Jones

    Dr Bidda Jones
    Chief Science and Strategy Officer, RSPCA Australia

    Bidda Jones joined RSPCA Australia as its first national scientist in 1996 after moving to Australia from the UK. She now heads the organisation’s science and policy team, providing evidence-based animal welfare advice to government, industry and the public, and is also responsible for campaign strategy.

    Bidda has an honours degree in zoology and a PhD in animal behaviour. She has represented the RSPCA on numerous national committees relating to animal welfare and has been actively working to improve the humaneness of pest and native animal management in Australia for many years. Bidda has been an honorary associate of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney since 2000.

  • Dr Nicholas Aebischer

    Dr Nicholas Aebischer
    Deputy Director of Research, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK

    Nicholas Aebischer is a senior scientist with over 30 years’ experience in statistical, ecological and ornithological research.  He graduated in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and received a PhD in Mathematical Ecology at the University of Durham, UK.  After initially working on seabird population dynamics, in 1987 he started working on farmland ecology at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), an independent UK conservation charity that carries out applied scientific research.  He is currently the Deputy Director of Research at the Trust.  His research interests are in animal population dynamics and avian ecology, particularly in relation to species of unfavourable conservation status and to exploited species.  His mixture of formal mathematics and ecology is an advantage in understanding population processes and management implications.

    Within the Trust, he is involved in the planning and design of all GWCT research projects.  He directly supervises and manages staff undertaking research on avian ecology, population dynamics, land use, shooting and population recovery.  He has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific papers, contributed chapters to 7 books and edited 6 conference proceedings.  Outside the Trust, he has forged many collaborative links with other organisations in the EU, has served on the Council of the British Ornithologists’ Union and on Scientific Advisory Committees of other UK research bodies.  He has been a member of a scientific committee advising the French Minister of Ecology and Environment on contentious wildlife issues.  He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee Expert Panel of Scottish Natural Heritage (Scotland’s statutory conservation agency), and on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the French Bureau for Hunting and Wildlife.  He is a founder committee member of the IUCN/SSC Partridge, Quail and Francolin Specialist Group, now integrated into the Galliform Specialist Group.


  • Dr Scott Petrie

    Dr Scott Petrie
    Chief Executive Officer, Delta Waterfowl Foundation and Adjunct Professor at Western University

    Scott received a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph, Canada in 1990 and a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1998. For the past 15 years Scott has been an Adjunct Professor at Western University where he supervises graduate students and taught Wildlife Ecology and Management.  Scott also spent 18 years as the Executive Director of Long Point Waterfowl. His research has focused primarily on the ecology of waterfowl in semi-arid environments and the staging and wintering ecology of waterfowl on the Great Lakes. He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer reviewed publications.

    Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, based out of Bismarck, North Dakota. Delta Waterfowl is The Duck Hunters Organization™, a leading conservation group with origins dating to 1911. Delta has supported over 300 graduate students and contributed to the publication of over 600 peer reviewed papers. Delta now uses sound science to deliver several waterfowl management programs and also enhances duck hunting opportunities and ensures the continuing tradition of duck hunting in North America. Scott has hunted his entire life and contributes professionally and personally to the enhancement of hunting opportunities and the promotion of North America's hunting heritage.

  • Teresa Dent CBE

    Teresa Dent CBE
    Chief Executive, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK

    Having taken a degree in Agriculture at Reading University, Teresa joined Land and Estate Agents Strutt & Parker as a farming consultant. She was a partner with the firm for 13 years. She joined what was then The Game Conservancy, and is now the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) as Chief Executive at the end of 2001. In this role, she has been able to combine her practical and business experience of farming and land management with the conservation prescriptions and policy produced by GWCT’s scientists.

    Teresa believes in practical, pragmatic conservation that finds space for wildlife alongside economic land uses such as farming, fishing, shooting and forestry. She works with a number of farmer groups operating at a landscape-scale to improve wildlife conservation, including the only farmer-led Nature Improvement Area. Teresa is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, board member of Natural England (the Government Agency for nature conservation in England), chaired the very successful Government supported Marlborough Downs Nature Improvement Area and was awarded a CBE for services to wildlife conservation in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

  • Dr Tony Pople

    Dr Tony Pople
    Principal Scientist, Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

    Tony is an ecologist with a strong interest in the effects of predation on the dynamics of wildlife populations.  Predation may be commercial and recreational harvesting, culling or baiting programs, or exotic predators killing endangered prey species.  Other interests include aerial survey, deer management and mouse population dynamics.  Tony is Program Leader for the Land Pests Program of the Invasive Animals CRC and manages Invasive Plants and Animals Research in Biosecurity Queensland.

  • Professor Grahame Webb

    Professor Grahame Webb
    Managing Director, Wildlife Management International

    Grahame Webb started work on crocodiles in the NT in 1973, with a PhD in Zoology (UNE). The wild populations were seriously depleted and conservation (rebuilding wild populations), and describing basic biology, were the main priority. He has worked on crocodiles ever since, and was one of the architects of the sustainable use programs for crocodiles implemented in the NT, as the populations recovered.  He has been involved in the evolution of sustainable use as an accepted mainstream conservation strategy for many species, and has had a long involvement with IUCN and CITES.

    He is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Darwin University, the NT representative on the Forum of Chief Scientists, Director of Wildlife Management International, and Chairman of the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group. He received a Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award (2001), a Centenary Medal (2003), a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow award (2008), and an honorary DSc (2013; CDU).

  • Adjunct Professor Peter Bridgewater

    Adjunct Professor Peter Bridgewater
    Adjunct Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology and Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

    Peter is an adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.  Prior to returning to Australia in 2015 he held the post of Non-Executive Chair of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC); Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on wetlands; Director, Division of Ecological Sciences, UNESCO; Chief Science Adviser, Environment Australia, and Chief Executive, Australian Nature Conservation Agency.  He chaired the International Whaling Commission (1995-1997).  His research interests are in the role of people in driving and adapting to global change, the types of governance and legal frameworks needed to manage such change, and the effects of such change on the biosphere. 

  • Professor Brian Reilly

    Professor Brian Reilly
    Professor and Head of Department, Department of Nature Conservation, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria

    Brian Reilly is an ecologist, wildlife biologist, academic and consultant. Holds a PhD in Nature Conservation from Stellenbosch University and a Master’s in Wildlife Management from the University of Pretoria.

    Widely published as a biologist with over 100 authorships and co-authorships in scientific Journals and other media.  Has served or currently serves on 11 National and International specialist bodies and associations related to conservation and wildlife management  and past president of the Southern African Wildlife Management Association. Fields of expertise include large ungulate management, best management practice in wildlife ranching, specialist environmental impacts, corporate governance and sustainability.

    To date 23 postgraduates have completed studies under his supervision, a number of which have attained their degrees cum lauda. 

    Currently Professor and Head of Department, Department of Nature Conservation, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota.

    Also a qualified professional hunter and safari outfitter, lifelong hunter, hand loader and gun collector and serving council member and contributor to many hunting organizations in South Africa. Has been a member of SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association since 1994 (currently Vice President Conservation). 

    Shares concerns with many hunters and conservationists on the sustainability of outdoor activities in the face of onslaughts of urban masses on rural lifestyle activities including hunting and has a lifelong commitment to the fostering and the maintenance of man’s relationship to the land and the wise, ethical and sustainable use of resources. 

  • Emeritus Professor Anthony R.E. Sinclair

    Emeritus Professor Anthony R.E. Sinclair
    Emeritus Professor, University of British Columbia

    Anthony R.E. Sinclair is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and previously Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Royal Society of Canada. He was awarded the Aldo Leopold medal from The Wildlife Society, USA. He has conducted ecological research on the role of biodiversity in the functioning of many ecosystems including Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

    He has worked with many different types of organisms to put together the food webs and their dynamics that cover several decades, notably 50 years in Serengeti, Tanzania.

Abstract Speakers

  • Dr Rafat Al Jassim

    Dr Rafat Al Jassim
    Honorary Principal Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    Dr Rafat Al Jassim is an animal scientist with specialisation in Nutrition Biochemistry and Gut Microbiology and their application to bovine and camel husbandry. He has experience in nutrition research especially of the ruminant animals. During the past 18 years, the focus of his research programs was on the impact of commensal gut microorganisms in large animal health and disease and the role of gut microbial ecology in the nutrition of domesticated and wild herbivores. Interaction between diet and the microbial community of the intensively managed animals has been of particular interest. Recent research programs have dealt with variety of topics including the use of plant extracts to control pathogenic microorganisms such as Campylobacter, isolation of bacteria with the ability to degrade mimosine and prevent leucaena toxicity, indospicine toxicity in camels, the microbial community of the foregut of the Arabian camel, seasonal changes in tropical grass quality and its impact on methane emission and rumen microbiota, impact of heat stress on rumen microbiota, and the development of probiotic bacteria to reduce or prevent the risk of acidosis in ruminants.

  • Dr Benjamin Allen

    Dr Benjamin Allen
    Vice-Chancellors Research Fellow, Institute for Agriculture and the Environment, University of Southern Queensland

    I've been involved with wildlife management and research since I was a child, and have been employed in the private and public sectors primarily as a dingo ecologist, conservationist and manager for over 10 years. I am a Vice-chancellors Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), an adjunct lecturer with the University of Queensland (UQ), and am the Vice-president of the Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS). I investigate practical solutions to a variety of complex dingo management problems around Australia and internationally, often in livestock grazing systems and peri-urban areas.

    Current research areas include:

    • Ecology and management of wild dogs in peri-urban areas
    • Ecology of watermice in mangrove communities
    • Ecology and management of dingoes on Fraser Island
    • Vertebrate biocontrol of feral goats on tropical offshore islands
    • Eradication of vertebrate pests and reintroduction of threatened fauna on conservation-fenced livestock production lands
    • Ecology and management of stray dogs and their diseases in rural and remote indigenous communities across Australia and southeast Asia I have a keen interest in dingoes generally, and have published a wide variety of journal articles, book chapters, technical reports and education materials on dingo conservation, control and management.
  • Dr Matt Amos

    Dr Matt Amos
    Project Officer, Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

    Matt is an ecologist who recently completed his PhD on surveys, home range and habitat use of red deer in South-east Queensland. His interests also include pest animal surveys, pest control and rangeland livestock production.

  • Dr Greg Baxter

    Dr Greg Baxter
    Senior Lecturer, Geography, Planning & Environmental Management, The University of Queensland

    Greg Baxter is a vertebrate ecologist with interests in vertebrate pests, and the ecology and management of deer, koalas and dingoes. He has taught wildlife management at the University of Queensland for more than 20 years. Greg is a current member of the Fraser Island Scientific Advisory Committee and President of the Australasian Wildlife Management Society.

    He has travelled and worked widely in Africa and South America, particularly Ecuador. Greg was co-author of the first tertiary course in game management to be offered at an Australian University and has authored more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters.

  • Dr Andrew Bengsen

    Dr Andrew Bengsen
    Research Scientist, Vertebrate Pest Research Unit, NSW Dept Primary Industries

    Andrew is a Research Scientist with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Vertebrate Pest Research Unit. Most of his work over the last ten years has been aimed at improving the control and monitoring of pest animals in Australia, particularly feral pigs, cats and foxes. His current research is largely focused on evaluating the role of recreational hunting as a means of reducing the impacts of pest animals on public land.

  • Dr David Berman

    Dr David Berman
    Region Pest Technical Officer, Queensland Murray-Darling Committee

    In 1984 I began my PhD to help reduce the damage caused by feral horses in central Australia. Following this I was employed by the Northern Territory Government to work on feral camels, dingoes, feral pigs, feral pigeons and wild rabbits. In 1997 I moved to Queensland to improve management of wild rabbits. I joined the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee in 2013 continuing to use ecological research to improve management of rabbits, feral horses, feral pigs, foxes, cats, dingoes and common myna.

  • Aleksander Braczkowski

    Aleksander Braczkowski
    Doctoral Researcher, Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland

    My name is Alex Braczkowski and I'm a large felid biologist from South Africa. My MSc at the University of Oxford focused on understanding the susceptibility of leopards to being hunted by people, the economics driving leopard hunting in Africa and determining ways to make camera-trap surveys of large carnivores more efficient. After leaving Oxford I joined Steve Winter as a photographic assistant and second cameraman for National Geographic's biggest ever story on leopards.

    I am now looking at innovative conservation finance instruments for the broader African carnivore guild for my PhD research at the University of Queensland.

  • Dr Henry Brink

    Dr Henry Brink
    Ecological Consultant

    I have worked for almost a decade in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Initially the work was focused on lion conservation and investigating sustainable resource utilization as a tool in conservation. More recently I have worked on highlighting the scale of the elephant poaching crisis in Selous. Prior to working in Selous, I monitored lions in Serengeti National Park for three years. I have also worked on the Kalahari Meerkat Project (South Africa) and carried out biodiversity surveys in the Eastern Arc Mountains (Tanzania). I am now based in Australia and am interested in ways to manage invasive animals.

  • Ray Borda

    Ray Borda
    Managing Director/Founder, Macro Meats

    Ray qualified in 1983 as a Mechanical Engineer and is the Managing Director (and founder) of multi award winning Company, Macro Meats – Gourmet Game, which is Australia’s and one of the world’s leading producer of wild game meat for human consumption, specializing in kangaroo. Working with state and federal governments, Ray helped develop quality control procedures and guidelines for the game meat industry. Working closely with high-profile chefs, Ray has progressively educated consumers (the public) into accepting game meat as a high-value food source, rich in protein and nutrition. This has elevated kangaroo meat to being a gourmet product for health-conscious consumers and in the process has built Macro into a major Australian business employing 300+ employees and operating three processing plants each with export licenses. Ray is also the President of the Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia and is involved in many consultative boards around Australia involved in kangaroo management, conservation and animal welfare. He is also a member of China Australian Entrepreneurs Association Incorporated (CAEAI), AustCham Beijing, Food Security SA and the Waite Independent Industry Leaders Club member conducted by Minister Martin Hamilton Smith. In 2009, Ray was named Central Region and National Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014, at the South Australian Food Industry Awards, Ray was also named the inaugural winner of the Duncan MacGillivray Entrepreneurs Award and was more recently inducted as an Ambassador for South Australia's Premium Food & Wine industry and appointed Chair of Food SA.

    Ray Borda is a strong advocate of animal welfare and sustainability and has built his business around these values. For over 30 years Ray has pioneered kangaroo meat product globally. Macro has been the industry leader in R & D of wild game meat products, employing microbiologists, food scientists and researchers.

  • Peter Clark

    Peter Clark
    Manager, Leander Station

    Peter Clark is a merino sheep and wool producer from Longreach, Queensland. He has lived at "Leander Station" for 38 years and has had a long time interest in improving the sustainability of our country, for now and the future. Peter's specific interests include controlled grazing pressure, eradication of feral animal and weed pests, improved nutrition and water point management. Peter is always striving to improve the productivity of the sheep flock, and aims to produce the best we can on what we have, whilst maintaining local biodiversity.

  • Dr Shannon Dundas

    Dr Shannon Dundas
    Research Officer, Vertebrate Pest Research Unit, NSW Department of Primary Industries

    Shannon Dundas is an ecologist working with the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Her current research is focused on estimating abundance of waterfowl in NSW and improving methods used to survey waterfowl. Her interest in presenting at this conference is to initiate a national approach to management of waterfowl in Australia.

  • Sally Egan

    Sally Egan
    Regional Manager, Wildlife Operations, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

    Sally Egan has been involved in wildlife management from one perspective or another for the last 22 years, joining the Queensland Public Service with QPWS in 1994. Most of sally’s career has been spent regulating wildlife use but she has also managed threatened species, pest animals and vegetation management issues. Prior to working for government Sally worked in the private sector as survey ecologist. Sally has a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) from University of Queensland, a Grad Cert in Public Sector Management and a Grad Cert in Public Policy Analysis, both from Griffith University. Currently very happy as the Regional Manager – Southern, Wildlife Management Unit , Environment and Heritage Protection.

  • Neal Finch

    Neal Finch
    Principal Macropod Management Officer, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

    Neal is a wildlife biologist who has worked with vertebrates for the last 25 years.

    Although field experience includes surveying and trapping some of Australia’s smallest mammals particular interest lies with the ecology of Australia’s larger species both native and introduced. During 10 years working with the University of Queensland he managed the Wild Deer Research Project and Co-founded the Game Management Science of Sustainable Use course. Currently working with the Queensland government he conducts the annual aerial survey program for commercially harvested macropods.

  • Dr Peter Fleming

    Dr Peter Fleming
    Research leader, Predator & Prey Management, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Vertebrate Pest Research Unit

    Dr Fleming has spent >30 years researching the management of invasive animals and has produced >80 peer reviewed publications. His research focuses on the adaptive management of broad-scale biosecurity threats, by developing and applying science-based, community-led solutions to managing invasive predators and overabundant herbivores, and on the mentoring and training of invasive species specialists. Enabling communities and individuals to measure and solve their invasive species problems, as in this project, ensures rapid adoption of useful research. He has worked on feral goat behavior, habitat use, enumeration, and management strategies across private and public tenures.

  • Ellen Freeman

    Ellen Freeman
    Undergraduate student, Central Queensland University

    Bachelor of Science, major in ecology and conservation biology

    Student Bursaries:

    • 2014 Fitzroy River and Costal Catchments
    • 2015 Sporting Shooters Association Australia
    • 2016 Australian Deer Association
    • 2015/2016 Central Queensland University Summer Research

    Scholarship Certificate courses:

    • 2011 University of Qld; ‘Game Management – the science of sustainable use’
    • 2012 Clemson University, South Carolina, ‘Deer Steward course’

    Current research project ‘Distribution of Elk and other ungulates in relation to human distributions in the Canadian Rocky Mountains National Parks’.

    I am passionate about wildlife conservation and sustainable use with particular interest in wild deer populations. I hope I can work in this field as well as continue to study into the future.

  • Steve Garlick

    Steve Garlick
    Deer Management Committee Chair, ADA Victoria

    Steve Garlick has been a member of the Australian Deer Association for nearly 20 years and is the current chair of the Deer Management Committee having held that role since 2009.  He is an IT Project Manager and business analyst with 25 years experience in telecommunications, government, insurance, finance, banking, electricity distribution (utilities) and retail industries.  Steve is married to Chelsea and they have 3 young daughters living in Melbourne. 

    He has been an active hunter and outdoorsman since he was a small child often accompanying his father on many hunting trips in Tasmania where he grew up where they hunted wallabies, rabbits, hares, duck and later deer with Steve taking his first fallow buck at age 16.  Steve moved to Victoria in late 1995 to expand both his work and hunting opportunities and began volunteering with the Australian Deer Association in 1997. 

    Steve has held many roles and branch, state and national level with his current role being responsible for collaborating with Parks Victoria to develop and implement Deer Management Programs in National Parks and conservation reserves where deer are having a deleterious impact.  As part of this role he also engages with private landowners to develop programs for their needs and overseeing the training and accreditation for ADA’s volunteers who participate in deer management programs.

  • Matthew Godson

    Matthew Godson
    Program Leader, Wildlife Programs, SSAA National

    Matthew joined SSAA National to help increase member participation in and the public perception of recreational hunting. As the Program Leader of SSAA Wildlife Programs, he actively promotes the use and recognition of recreational hunters in pest and wildlife management through the SSAA Farmer Assist Program and state branches. He is also involved in research projects, policy development and stakeholder engagement.

    He has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Management, and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning through the University of South Australia. He is currently undertaking a Master of Environmental Science and Management through the University of New England where his final thesis will focus on identifying Stubble Quail (Corurnix pectoralis) movements using stable isotope ratios obtained from feather samples. He has a special interest in conservation and the sustainable use of abundant wildlife.

  • Julian Gorman

    Julian Gorman
    Research fellow, Research institute for Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University

    Julian has worked at CDU since 1998 in both a teaching and research role. Between 2003-2007 he was on partial secondment with the Northern Land Council working with Indigenous Ranger groups and their communities as a Wildlife Enterprise Development Facilitator. His research interests include sustainable use of wildlife, payment for environmental services, natural and cultural resource management and pollination biology. In 2015 he enrolled part time in a PhD looking at Indigenous enterprise development, population ecology and phenotypic variation of Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) in the Thamarrurr Region.

  • Jordan Hampton

    Jordan Hampton
    Director, Ecotone Wildife Veterinary Services

    Jordan Hampton is the director of Ecotone Wildlife Veterinary Services, a veterinary consultancy providing services to wildlife management industries in Australia and internationally. Jordan is also currently a PhD candidate in animal welfare at Murdoch University. Jordan’s research focuses on the development, assessment and validation of humane wildlife capture and culling techniques. He works predominantly with wild herbivores in Australia but has recently spent three months studying the seal harvesting industry in Atlantic Canada.

  • Erin Hill

    Erin Hill
    PhD Candidate, La Trobe University

    Erin Hill is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia. Her PhD project involves developing microsatellites to identify individual hog deer (Axis porcinus) for forensic purposes, and to examine any differences between native and introduced hog deer populations. Erin was awarded an RFA grant: Securing Food, Water and the Environment at the commencement of her PhD, and is also funded by the Game Management Authority, who have an interest in using this research for hunting compliance.

  • Barry Howlett

    Barry Howlett
    Executive Officer, Australian Deer Association

    Born and bred in Gippsland, Victoria; Barry is a passionate hunter, conservationist, and father to a two year old son. Coming into ADA as a twenty-one year old through the fight to save hound hunting Barry quickly found himself being drawn into the world of the hunter conservationist through mentors such as Mike Harrison, Arthur Bentley and Eugen Reichardt. Barry has previously held a number of volunteer positions in the ADA (including a stint as ADA’s youngest National President) before taking on a full time position with the association in 2013. In his role with the ADA Barry represents the interests of deer hunters to politicians across the country, helps to put together Australian Deer and Conservation and Hunting magazines and works closely with the association’s twenty nine branches to try and get the best results for deer and deer hunting in Australia. Barry believes that hunting has a strong and bright future in Australia and that he is fortunate to be able to play a small role in helping to shape that.

  • Bryce Johnson

    Bryce Johnson
    Chief Executive, New Zealand Fish & Game Council

    Bryce has been Chief Executive of the New Zealand Fish and Game Council, an angler and hunter governed public entity with parliamentary delegated mandate to ‘represent nationally the interests of angler and hunters, and coordinate the maintenance, management and enhancement of sports fish and game’ by the twelve regional Fish and Game Councils, since its inception in 1990. He held the corresponding position in the Council’s predecessor organisation and was centrally involved in the design of the new statutory regime. He has served on government task forces on sustainable land use and public access to the outdoors, and is a founder and current member of the New Zealand Landcare Trust.

  • Professor Bindu Kannanganatt Anandakrishnan

    Professor Bindu Kannanganatt Anandakrishnan
    Consultant veterinarian, Office of Foreign Reserves, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar

    A professor at Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, India, Dr. Bindu holds a PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics. She opted for teaching and research in Veterinary University in 1994 after a short period of field veterinary service with the Kerala state Government. After 19 years at the university in various capacities, she is presently on leave from the university and working as a consultant veterinarian at the Office of Foreign Reserves, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar. Currently associates with captive breeding of Houbara bustards maintained at various centers of International Foundation for Ecological Research (IFER).

  • John Kelly

    John Kelly
    Executive Officer, Kangaroo Industries Association of Australia

    John has been Executive Officer of the Kangaroo Industries Association of Australia for 16 years and operates his own business in the industry processing Tasmanian wallaby and possum for fibre and human consumption meat.

  • Alex Knight

    Alex Knight
    Manager, Land and Culture, Ngaanyatjarra Council

    Bachelor of Agricultural Science. University of Adelaide
    Master of Arts, Aboriginal Studies, University of South Australia

    Worked as a Agricultural Researcher for the SA Govt. for 10 Years before commencing work with Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjara Aboriginal Corporation in North West South Australia as Coordinator of the Land Management Coordinator in 2001. In 2006 Alex moved to Manage the Land and Culture Program of Ngaanyatjarra Council (Aboriginal Corporation), working with traditional owners to manage an area of 170,000 Square kms.

  • Dr A. David M. Latham

    Dr A. David M. Latham
    Wildlife Ecologist, Landcare Research

    Dave Latham is a Wildlife Ecologist with Landcare Research, a Crown Research Institute in Lincoln, New Zealand. His research focuses on wildlife management, conservation, and vertebrate pest control, especially mammals. He received a BSc and MSc in Zoology from the University of Otago, Dunedin, and a PhD in Environmental Biology and Ecology from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, in 2009. Prior to joining Landcare Research in 2011, Dave was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alberta. 

  • Dr Dan Lunney

    Dr Dan Lunney
    Honorary Scientific Fellow, Office of Environment and Heritage NSW

    Dan Lunney is a wildlife ecologist, and a co-editor, with Gordon Grigg and Peter Hale, of the book emerging from the initial 1994 conference on the sustainable use of wildlife. He is an honorary scientific fellow at the Office of Environment NSW and an adjunct professor at the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, the university of Sydney. His primary interests are in the conservation and management of the wildlife of NSW, particularly mammals.

  • Clark McGhie

    Clark McGhie
    President, Research Into Deer Genetics and Environment (RIDGE Inc)

    Born in Darwin in 1961, Clark was taken back to his family’s buffalo capture and processing property at three days old.

    By 13, he was shooting macropods for skins, and by 17, working in aerial and ground deer capture operations in Qld. He started his own major deer farming operation, became an industry company director, a deer velvet antler grader, and has completed numerous live export operations into Asia. Clark has operated a successful guided hunting and feral animal control business for over 32 years. He has also been on the executive of the RIDGE group since 1992.

  • Dr Steve McLeod

    Dr Steve McLeod
    Senior Research Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries

    Dr Steve McLeod is a Senior Research Scientist working for NSW Department of Primary Industries. He has worked on a number of projects looking into kangaroo ecology, management and the sustainability of commercial kangaroo harvesting.

  • David McNabb

    David McNabb
    General Manager, Field and Game Australia

    David McNabb is General Manager of Field & Game Australia, Australia’s leading member organisation in three areas: wetland conservation, duck hunting and clay target sports. As Australia’s most surprising conservationists, FGA uses facts, not fiction, to demonstrate the value applied by hunters to our natural resources.

    David has been a dedicated hunter from an early age, hunting with gun dogs throughout Australia for more than 20 years while building his career in banking and finance. A diverse range of business management skills has enabled David and passionate volunteers to steer FGA to meet the modern challenges for hunting. With innovative strategies to reset community perception of the link between conservation and hunting.

    Formed in 1958, FGA has a rich history of delivering conservation outcomes through unique partnerships. David shares insights into an innovative model of private partnerships that has emerged to acquire and rehabilitate wetlands. Funded by hunters who attribute value to practical conservation work, the revenue essential to the success of these projects is generated from both hunters for the privilege of access to hunt these wetlands, and environmental offsets.

    Is the modern approach sustainable, or will the model need to evolve again?

  • Associate Professor Peter Murray

    Associate Professor Peter Murray
    Wildlife Science Unit, The University of Queensland

    Associate Professor Peter Murray grew up mostly in Western Australia and after doing his undergraduate studies (both BSc and Hons) in Biology (majoring in ecology and physiology) at Murdoch University he worked for the Western Australian Department of Agriculture for nearly 10 years (as a nutritionist, during which he did his MPhil part-time through the Veterinary School at Murdoch University) and then did his PhD at the University of Western Australia.  In 1995 he took up a teaching position in the University of Queensland and teaches across a range of disciplines.  His research includes both captive and free-living (native and introduced) wildlife behavior, ecology and management, as well as management of wildlife and small ruminants as pests or as a resource. 

  • Stewart Pittard

    Stewart Pittard
    PhD Candidate, Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University

    Stewart earned a Batchelor of Environmental Science from the University from Canberra, earning 1st class honours while working and studying the population genetics of large marine fauna within the Wildlife Genetics Laboratory of the Institute for Applied Ecology.

    Soon after, Stewart enrolled in a PhD at Charles Darwin University investigating the landscape impacts, population ecology and management of feral Asian swamp buffalo in Kakadu National Park, working under an ARC Linkage Project with Parks Australia. With the project approaching its final stages, Stewart is head deep in data and eyeing a 2017 completion date.

  • Dr Brad Purcell

    Dr Brad Purcell
    Project Officer, Kangaroo Management Section, Office of Environment and Heritage NSW

    Brad graduated with his PhD on dingoes in the Blue Mountains, NSW, in 2010. On the back of his PhD, Brad completed research reports on feral pig ecology and feral rusa deer movement ecology and wrote Dingo for CSIRO Australian Natural History Series. He completed a 2010 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship on Working with Livestock Producers for Sustainable Management of Carnivores. In 2012/13, Terra Mater produced award winning documentary ‘The Real Dingo’ based on Brad’s dingo research. Brad has been working on OEH Kangaroo Management Program reforms since 2014.

  • Katherine Teh-White

    Katherine Teh-White
    Managing Director, Futureye

    Katherine’s social licence to operate methodology and problem-solving approach has made organisations more successful in an era of quickly shifting community expectations and instantaneous communication.

    In 2002 she founded Futureye which provides market research, sustainable innovation, public policy, public affairs, risk communication, foresight and strategy and change management. Futureye operates in Australia, Asia and Europe and is currently expanding in the Americas. In the past five years she has also founded WikiCurve that provides a two-way engagement platform on public policy.

    Her pioneering social licence to operate methodology has improved the corporate responsibility for a broad range of industries including, food, water, energy, mining and pharmaceutical. She has worked at many different levels from sites, to national and international supply chains when there is reputational, political, regulatory and technical challenges. 

    Katherine is a board member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights at Monash University and sits of the advisory committee of the Research Unit in Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne. She has been a director on a series of boards including: Chairman of an Academic Advisory Board for International Studies, environmental purchasing, independent private school, leadership school centre and women’s enterprise-development.

    She has won a number of awards including the Golden Target award from the Public Relations Institute of Australia (1994), Telstra Business Woman of the Year private sector awardee (2001) and Victorian Women’s Honour Roll (2003). She has been listed in Who’s Who of Australian Women from 2007.In 2015, Katherine was appointed as a Global Advisor for the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme ( She is currently a mentor for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Young Innovators Fellowship Programme.

  • Dr Tim Thomas

    Dr Tim Thomas
    Chair of Game Management Panel, Para Park Co-operative

    Associate Professor Tim Thomas is a developmental biologist who has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Melbourne. He has worked as a post doctoral fellow at the Centre for Early Human Development, Monash Medical Centre, followed by appointment as an EMBO Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany. Since 2000 he has been head of Developmental Genetics Group at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Tim has travelled extensively in Europe, Southern Africa and South East Asia including several months in central Borneo. He is an avid deer hunter and been a member of the Para Park Co-operative for 15 years and for the last 10 years chair of the Game Management Panel.

  • Dr Graham Thompson

    Dr Graham Thompson
    Principal Zoologist and Partner, Terrestrial Ecosystems

    Graham has a diverse background, having worked in various roles in state government and finishing up as the CEO of a government department in South Australia, then more recently as an academic and an environmental consultant with Terrestrial Ecosystems. In the last 20 years he has been an active researcher in areas covering the ecology, physiology and performance traits of reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fish. In early 2005, he commenced a research focus on improving terrestrial vertebrate fauna assessments to support EIAs and developing a specialist environmental consultancy that focused on fauna assessments, fauna management and mitigation planning.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor Andrew Tribe

    Adjunct Associate Professor Andrew Tribe
    The University of Queensland and Wildlife Manager, Spicers Retreats

    Dr Tribe is currently employed by Spicers Retreats as their Wildlife Manager and is investigating the rehabilitation and release of native wildlife in collaboration with the RSPCA Qld. He is also involved in research studying the effectiveness of environmental enrichment in improving animal management and husbandry. He is recognised as an authority on zoos and has undertaken extensive research looking at the perceptions of the role of zoos in wildlife conservation. Dr Tribe was a senior lecturer at UQ since 2000 and prior to this was Director of the University's Veterinary Science Farm for eight years.

  • Bruce Warburton

    Bruce Warburton
    Principle Scientist, Landcare Research NZ

    Bruce is a principle scientist with Landcare Research at Lincoln, NZ, and his research is focused on developing cost-effective strategies for controlling invasive vertebrates, including possums, rats, mustelids, rabbits, and wallabies. He has a particular interest in animal welfare and ethics and has worked recently with the NZ fur institute on sustainability of supply issues. 

  • Jarvis Weston

    Jarvis Weston
    Ranger in Charge, Phillip Island Nature Parks

    Jarvis has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biology/Biotechnology), a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) and has worked at the Phillip Island Nature Parks since 2000.

    The Nature Parks includes the world famous Penguin Parade which has over 600,000 visitors per year. As Ranger-in-charge Jarvis manages feral animal control, weed control, habitat restoration, enforcement of regulations, visitors, infrastructure such as paths and boardwalks - a very diverse role in a magnificent setting.

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  • Adjunct Professor George Wilson

    Adjunct Professor George Wilson
    Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

    George Wilson is Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University, Fenner School of Environment and Society. He is also the principal of Australian Wildlife Services which is a consultancy company which focuses on developing wildlife industries and tourism opportunities that support conservation, and integrating traditional knowledge and wildlife science into the management of Indigenous and Aboriginal land. He has also worked for the State and Federal Governments and British Government agencies in public policy, strategic analysis and scientific research. He has published more than 150 papers, articles, book chapters and written three books.

    His qualifications are Master Veterinary Science (University of Sydney) and PhD in Zoology (University of Aberdeen). He is also a commercial pilot and aircraft owner. He has conducted extensive aerial surveys of wild animals and has over 4000 hours aeronautical experience.  

    As a veterinarian, he also has extensive experience in both practical animal welfare and policy while responsible for these matters within the Australian Government as Assistant Secretary / General Manager, Animal Resources Branch, Bureau of Rural Resources from 1988 – 1994. For several years during this time he was also Chief Veterinary Officer. 

    He has a continuing interest is kangaroo management and population ecology, threatened species conservation, Indigenous land and wildlife use, survey techniques and modelling.