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Dr Maggie Watson is a senior lecturer in Ornithology with the School of Agricultural, Environmental & Veterinary Sciences. She is a researcher in the Gulbali Institute. Her major interests include the effects of parasites on life history traits and physiology, taxonomic limits in seabirds and freshwater crayfish and their conservation.

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
  • BIO432 Avian Population & Community Ecology—2019-present
  • BIO 437 Captive Avian Management—2010-18
  • BIO 437 Captive Management of Birds—2019-present
  • BIO 439 Behavioural Ecology—2005-07, 18
  • BIO 461 Applied Conservation Biology—2003, 05-07, 12-13, 16-present
  • BIO 466 Captive Management of Reptiles—2018-present
  • BIO 520 Conservation Biology 2—2003
  • PKM363 Shoreline Recreation—2014, 16-18, 21-22

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • Board of Petaurus Education Group Inc. (Assistant Director & 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.
  • Editor for Seabird: The Journal of the Seabird Group

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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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