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Damian’s PhD focused on understanding the ecological roles and conservation value of granite outcrops in agricultural landscapes. Since graduating in 2001, Damian has undertaken extensive research into the response of terrestrial wildlife (birds, reptiles, small mammals and arboreal marsupials) to ecological fire regimes, hardwood and plantation forestry practices, temperate woodland restoration and floodplain wetland management in south-eastern Australia.

Damian has published widely on the ecology and conservation of reptiles in human modified landscapes and is author of Reptiles in the NSW Murray Catchment: A Guide to their Identification, Ecology and Conservation and award-winning Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management. Damian has served as project lead in the National Environmental Science Programme’s Threatened Species Hub, participated in IUCN and EPBC conservation assessments for Australian reptiles, is currently a member of the IUCN Skink Specialist Group and vice-chair and Board Director to the Albury Conservation Company. He currently leads the Squamate Conservation and Applied Ecology (SCALE) group.

Research Interests

  • Landscape Ecology
  • Wildlife conservation in human modified
  • Applied and theoretical herpetology
  • Rocky outcrop (inselberg) ecology and conservation
  • Restoration ecology and adaptive management
  • Ecological and biophysical monitoring

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Inselberg Ecology/Herpetology), Australian National University


Bachelor of Applied Science (Ecosystem Management and Ecology) (Honours), Charles Sturt University


Physical Sciences, University of Technology


External positions

Vice-chair/Board Director, Albury Conservation Company

2016 → …

Senior Manager - Ecologist & Herpetologist, Australian National University

Mar 2010Nov 2018

Senior Research Officer, Australian National University

Aug 2005Mar 2010

Research Officer, Australian National University



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