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Dr Chris Pavey

Principal Research Scientist


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I am a wildlife ecologist who focuses on understanding how species function with an emphasis on interspecific interaction and selection and use of habitat. I then use this information to inform management, mitigation and offsetting outcomes. I have 25 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 was employed in the private sector, government and at several universities prior to working at CSIRO. I have a particular interest in deserts and desert ecology.

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

  • 2011-2022

    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

  • 2006-2006

    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

  • 2018-2018

    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

  • 2004-present

    External examiner: 21 PhD/Masters & 4 Honours theses

  • 2012-2021

    Associate Editor: Journal of Mammalogy, Austral Ecology

  • 2015-2017

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

  • 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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