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Visiting Felllow in Behavioural Ecology, UNSW Sydney

David holds a BSc. Honours degree and University medal from the Flinders University in South Australia, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in England. David commenced research on the behavioural ecology of kangaroos (red kangaroos and euros) at the University of NSW Fowlers Gap arid zone research station in 1976. From then, David taught a popular course in Animal Behaviour and latterly a course about Life in Arid Lands at UNSW while continuing research on various species of macropods in temperate, arid and tropical regions. This research included the studies of a large number of Honours and PhD students under David’s supervision and has produced many research papers and several edited books. These document the results of fundamental studies on macropod behaviour and ecology and applied studies of people-wildlife interactions in nature-based tourism and encounters such as wildlife roadkill. David finished his career with UNSW as Director of the Fowlers Gap Research Station while maintaining a teaching/research position in the School of Biological Earth & Environmental Sciences. David now lives on a tropical savanna block in the Top End and continues research and consultation on wildlife issues, and interests in the promotion of wildlife tourism with Australia’s diverse kangaroo fauna.


  • –present
    Visiting Felllow in Behavioural Ecology, University of New South Wales


  • 1975 
    University of Cambridge, PhD