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Dr Helen Waudby is a wildlife ecologist specialising in the study of small terrestrial vertebrates, including desert vertebrates. She is particularly interested in understanding the effect of environmental factors (e.g., herbivory and rainfall) and management interventions on the diversity and abundance of vertebrates in rangelands.

Dr Waudby is a Threatened Species Officer with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). Her work with OEH focuses on the planning and implementation of conservation projects for threatened species such as southern bell frog (Litoria raniformis), Sloane's froglet (Crinia sloanei), squirrel gliders (Petaurus norfolcensis), and a suite of threatened mallee fauna, including southern Ningaui (Ningaui yvonneae).

For her PhD, Dr Waudby worked in the stony plains region of the southern Lake Eyre Basin, South Australia. She investigated the role of cracking-clay systems in supporting local biodiversity, and the effect of cattle grazing on native plants and animals. Most recently Dr Waudby has been working with researchers from the University of New South Wales to examine the influence of total grazing pressure on vegetation and soils in conservation reserves.

Research Interests

  • Factors influencing the abundance and distribution of desert biota
  • Ecology and conservation of small mammals
  • Integrated rangeland management
  • Improved methods for trapping, handling, and monitoring small vertebrates

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Science, Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia

Environmental Science, Honours, University of South Australia

External positions

Threatened Species Officer, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Oct 2016 → …

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Amblyomma Agriculture & Biology
South Australia Agriculture & Biology
ticks Agriculture & Biology
rangeland Earth & Environmental Sciences
trapping Earth & Environmental Sciences
grazing Earth & Environmental Sciences
Macropodidae Agriculture & Biology
New South Wales Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2006 2019

The scientific, financial and ethical implications of three common wildlife-trapping designs

Waudby, H. P., Petit, S. & Gill, M. J., 04 Dec 2019, In : Wildlife Research. 46, 8, p. 690-700 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

small mammal

Investigation of ticks and red blood cell parasites of a population of reintroduced mainland tammar wallabies (Notamacropus eugenii eugenii)

Waudby, H. P., Petit, S., Matthews, B., Sharp, A., Pradhan, R. & Dale, B., 12 Nov 2018, In : Australian Mammalogy. p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Macropus eugenii

Wild orchids: Saving three endangered orchid species in southern New South Wales

Waudby, H. P., Cameron, M., Robertson, G., Caynes, R. & Reiter, N., Mar 2018, Recovering Australian Threatened Species: A Book of Hope. Garnett, S., Latch, P., Lindenmayer, D. & Woinarski, J. (eds.). Australia: CSIRO Publishing, p. 159-168 10 p. (Recovering Australian Threatened Species: A Book of Hope).

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

New South Wales
population size

Applying a social-ecological system approach to influence dingo management practices

Waudby, H., Petit, S., Earl, G. & Robinson, G., Jul 2017.

Research output: Other contribution to conferencePoster

7 Citations (Scopus)

Detection and phylogenetic characterisation of novel Anaplasma and Ehrlichia species in Amblyomma triguttatum subsp. from four allopatric populations in Australia

Gofton, A. W., Waudby, H. P., Petit, S., Greay, T. L., Ryan, U. M. & Irwin, P. J., Aug 2017, In : Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. 8, p. 749-756 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation

Conservation implications of livestock grazing for threatened small mammal species in Australia’s arid and semi-arid rangelands

Helen Waudby (Speaker)
Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry