Professor Dave Watson has been a longstanding advocate for connectivity conservation in Australia and was one of the founding members of GER’s Slopes to Summit partnership.
Dave leads a group of researchers working at the interface between community ecology and landscape-scale restoration. In addition to distributional dynamics, his team develops new ways to estimate biodiversity, pioneering the use of results-based stopping rules to standardize diversity estimates and collaborating with computer scientists to detect species automatically from long-duration recordings.
Dave has extensive experience contributing to the governance of environmental NGOs, including as Chair of the Birdlife Australia Research and Conservation Committee, member of the New South Wales Scientific Committee, Birdlife Australia Threatened Species Committee, Great Western Woodland Technical Advisory Committee and member of the Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre management committee.
Having established the Australian Acoustic Observatory with a team of other researchers, Dave’s current research extends to sandalwood management in the western desert, wildlife conservation in agricultural landscapes, and mistletoe ecology and evolution worldwide.
Ongoing projects include the development and manufacture of future-proof nest boxes (using 3D-printed plastics), working with landholders to maximise Carbon sequestration in on-farm habitats, and using strategic interventions to keep common species common.