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Director, Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, University of Canberra

David Choquenot was born in Penrith, NSW, but moved to Melbourne at an early age. He spent a good portion of his youth chasing frogs, lizards and snakes before Harry Butler convinced him that it was possible to do that for a living. He never became Harry Butler, but he has made a living out of chasing wild animals and helping others with similar (and dissimilar) biological interests in Canada, New Zealand, and many parts of Australia. He has most recently be enticed into the world of academia, taking the role of Director at the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra.


  • 2005–present
    Director, Institute for Applied Ecology
  • 2003–2012
    General Manager - Biological Systems, Landcare Research, New Zealand
  • 2003–2005
    Manager - Fauna Ecology Research, Arthur Rylah Institute of Environmental Research - Vic. Dept Sustainability & Environment


  • 1994 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1988 
    University of Canberra, M.App.Sci.
  • 1985 
    Macquarie University, BSc

Research Areas

  • Ecology (0602)
  • Invasive Species Ecology (050103)
  • Population Ecology (060207)