Adrian Wayne is a Senior Research Scientist (Forest Fauna Ecology) with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (and its predecessor agencies CALM, DEC & DPAW) and has led the Forest Ecology Research Team since 1997.
In 1994 he co-rediscovered the Gilbert’s potoroo - previously thought extinct. Based in Manjimup, Western Australia, he researches the ecology of forest vertebrate fauna (frogs, reptiles and mammals), focusing on work relevant to the conservation and management of threatened and sensitive species.
This has included investigating fauna responses to timber harvesting and prescribed burning, and the ecology of the koomal (common brush-tail possum) and the ngwayir (western ringtail possum) in the jarrah forest, mammal declines with a focus on the woylie, and introduced predator ecology and management. Providing scientific, ecological and biological expertise to biodiversity conservation and management is also an important part of his role