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Dr Maggie Watson is an early career, post-doctoral researcher with ILWS. Her major interests include the effects of parasites on life history traits and physiology, behavioural ecology and conservation. Maggie has worked for many years on the ecology of seabirds, both in the United States and in Australia. She has also worked on other study organisms such as chameleons, frogs and insects. She is currently working with Conservation Evidence on an evidence-based manual for reptile conservation.  Along with her research, Maggie teaches at the undergraduate and post-graduate level as a sessional lecturer with the School of Environmental Sciences at CSU.

Research Interests

  • Parasitology
  • Ethology
  • Ecology - birds, reptiles, crayfish, urban wildlife
  • Eco-immunology


  • BIO 112 Principles of Ecology—2013
  • BIO 129 Environmental Biology—2004
  • BIO 216/416 Conservation Biology—2010
  • BIO 430 Avian Biology—2005
  • BIO 431 Avian Systematics—2011-12, 14-15
  • BIO 432 Behaviour, Ecology & Conservation of Birds—2005, 13-18
  • BIO 437 Captive Avian Management—2010-18
  • BIO 439 Behavioural Ecology—2005-07, 18
  • BIO 461 Applied Conservation Biology—2003, 05-07, 12-13, 16-18
  • BIO 520 Conservation Biology 2—2003
  • PKM363 Shoreline Recreation—2014, 16-18

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • Board of Petaurus Education Group Inc. (Public officer)
  • Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre (member of the management committee)

Editorial roles on journals:

  • Book Reviews Editor for Ecological Society of Australia's publications Austral Ecology and Ecological Management and Restoration.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University


Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary) (Science), Charles Sturt University


Master of Science (Behavioral Ecology), University of Massachusetts


Bachelor of Arts (Zoology) (Honours), University of Missouri-Columbia



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