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Dr Chris Pavey

Senior Research Scientist


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I am a wildlife ecologist who seeks to understand how species function in nature and then uses this information to inform management, mitigation and offsetting outcomes. I have 20 years experience post-PhD of carrying out on-ground environmental management projects focussing on recovering threatened species and assessing potential impacts to and managing species and ecosystems in the face of environmental disturbance. Recently, I have come to understand that all natural resource management has a strong human component and I now view these issues within a social-ecological systems framework. I have been employed in the private sector, government departments and at several universities during my career to date. This work has been undertaken in tropical (Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, northern Australia) and arid ecosystems.

Current Roles

  • Team Member and Lead Ecologist for Beetaloo Basin
    Geological bioregional assessments (GBA)

  • Project Leader
    Managing refuges of threatened desert vertebrates

Academic Qualifications

  • 1987

    Bachelor of Science
    University of Queensland

  • 1988

    Bachelor of Science (Honours 1st class)
    University of Queensland

  • 1995

    Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 2011-present

    Senior Research Scientist

  • 2012-2014

    Research Group Leader (Conservation Ecology)
    CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences

  • 2009-2011

    Regional Manager (southern NT) & Director (Threatened Species)
    Northern Territory Government

  • 2006

    Research Fellow
    University of New England (Zoology)

  • 2006-2009

    Senior Research Scientist
    Northern Territory Government (Biodiversity Conservation)

  • 2001-2005

    Research Scientist
    Northern Territory Government (Parks & Wildlife)

  • 1998-2000

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Munich (LMU)

  • 1995-1997

    Consultant Ecologist
    WBM Oceanics

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018

    Humboldt Foundation Renewed Research Fellowshp
    University of Goettingen

  • 2018-2018

    Chairperson's Medal for Science Excellence

  • 2006-2006

    Member Service Award
    Ecological Society of Australia

  • 1998-2000

    Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship
    University of Munich

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2017-present

    Member: expert panel for review of Northern Territory threatened species conservation status

  • 2014-present

    Member, IUCN SSC, small mammal specialist group

  • 2012-present

    Associate Editor: Journal of Mammalogy, Austral Ecology

  • 2015-2017

    Member of selection panel: Australian Ecology Research Award (AERA)

  • 2004-present

    External examiner: 19 PhD/Masters & 4 Honours theses

  • 2016

    Convenor: Australian Mammal Society annual conference, Alice Springs

  • 2006-2015

    Member: Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Heritage & Science consultative committee

  • 2001-2010

    Chairperson: national recovery team for the mala (rufous hare-wallaby)


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