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Personal profile

Personal profile

Professor David M Watson's research falls into three principal areas: managing biodiversity in agricultural landscapes; measuring and predicting the biological effects of habitat fragmentation; and the ecology of parasitic plants. His research has been conducted through detailed community-level field studies in Australia and Latin America; species-specific studies of distribution and abundance; theoretical advances; empirical studies based on previously published data; & synthetic reviews consolidating existing information and proposing new hypotheses. Most of his research is applied, improving our understanding and management of natural systems. He has developed a new way of conducting bird surveys; articulated a generalised explanation for distribution patterns of parasitic plants; demonstrated parasitic plants boost productivity in their communities; & suggested changes in productivity and food availability underlie woodland bird declines.

Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Managing biodiversity in agricultural landscapes
  • Measuring and predicting the biological effects of habitat fragmentation
  • Ecology of parasitic plants

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • Technical Advisory Group (member) for the Great Western Woodlands Project (jointly managed by Birdlife Australia and the Nature Conservancy)
  • Slopes to Summit Partnership (regional hub of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative)( founding member and senior ecologist)
  • Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre (member of the management committee)

Editorial roles on journals:

  • Austral Ecology (Associate editor)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology), University of Kansas


Bachelor of Science (Honours 1), Monash University


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Research Output

Post-Anthropocene Conservation

Watson, M. J. & Watson, D. M., Jan 2020, In : Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 35, 1, p. 1-3 3 p.

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Open Access
  • Using visualization and machine learning methods to monitor low detectability species—The least bittern as a case study

    Znidersic, E., Towsey, M., Roy, W. K., Darling, S. E., Truskinger, A., Roe, P. & Watson, D. M., Jan 2020, In : Ecological Informatics. 55, 101014.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • A Call for International Leadership and Coordination to Realize the Potential of Conservation Technology

    Lahoz-Monfort, J. J., Chadès, I., Davies, A., Fegraus, E., Game, E., Guillera-Arroita, G., Harcourt, R., Indraswari, K., McGowan, J., Oliver, J. L., Refisch, J., Rhodes, J., Roe, P., Rogers, A., Ward, A., Watson, D. M., Watson, J. E. M., Wintle, B. A. & Joppa, L., 01 Oct 2019, In : Bioscience. 69, 10, p. 823-832 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Camera trapping and transect counts yield complementary insights into an endangered island endemic rail

    Znidersic, E., Flores, T., Macrae, I., Woinarski, J. C. Z. & Watson, D. M., 25 Feb 2019, In : Pacific Conservation Biology. 25, 4, p. 394-402 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Ethical birding call playback and conservation

    Watson, D. M., Znidersic, E. & Craig, M. D., Apr 2019, In : Conservation Biology. 33, 2

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    3 Citations (Scopus)

    Press / Media

    Brumbies pose bigger problem not addressed by feral animal cull

    David Watson


    3 items of Media coverage

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    Bushfires affect habitat of more than 100 threatened species

    David Watson


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Welcome aboard, denialists: now let's stop fiddling and start fixing

    David Watson


    3 items of Media coverage

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    Species bushfire extinction fear

    David Watson


    6 items of Media coverage

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