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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

Award Date: 29 Aug 2015

Environmental Science, Honours, University of South Australia

External positions

Threatened Species Officer, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Oct 2016 → …

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Research Output

Evaluation of the ethical, scientific, and financial performances of Elliott and pitfall traps for sampling small desert-dwelling mammals

Waudby, H., Petit, S. & Gill, M., Jul 2019, p. 49. 1 p.

Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Sloane's Champions: citizen scientists saving Sloane's froglet

    Waudby, H., Hunter, D., Reynders, D., Cameron, M., Petrovic, D., Hurst, N., Merrick, C., Richards, S. & Rowley, J., 2019.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferencePoster

    Social-ecological systems approaches to dingo management

    Waudby, H., Earl, G., Petit, S., Robinson, G. & Smith, B. P., 2019.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferencePoster

    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

  • The Southern Bell Frog Story: A colouring adventure and treasure hunt

    Peeters, P. & Waudby, H., 2019, Paperbark Writer.

    Research output: Textual Creative WorksCreative Works Original - Textual


    • 4 Conference/Symposium

    Australian Mammal Society Conference

    Helen Waudby (Speaker), Sophie Petit (Participant) & Matthew Gill (Participant)

    07 Jul 201910 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference/SymposiumAcademic

    Behaviour and Ecology of Dryland Mammals

    Chris R. Pavey (Organiser), Christopher R. Dickman (Organiser), Thomas Newsome (Organiser), Aaron C Greenville (Organiser), Amanda McLean (Organiser), Helen Waudby (Organiser) & Lauren Young (Organiser)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference/SymposiumAcademic

    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 eventConference/SymposiumAcademic

    Surviving the dry: how biodiversity is maintained in the arid zone

    Amanda McLean (Organiser), Chris R. Pavey (Organiser), Helen Waudby (Organiser), Aaron C Greenville (Organiser), Thomas Newsome (Organiser) & Lauren Young (Organiser)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference/SymposiumAcademic