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Biographical entry Saunders, Denis Allan (1947 - )

Animal ecologist and Ornithologist


Denis Saunders spent nearly 30 years with CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Wildlife and Ecology in Western Australia. He began his work at CSIRO as an Experimental Officer in 1968 and progressed to Officer-in-Charge. Saunders then moved to Canberra in 1997 as Assistant Chief of the Division. He has studied the ecology of black cockatoos and the effects of development on their distribution and abundance; the ecology of islands and conservation of island bird communities; and the conservation of bird communities in agricultural landscapes. Saunders received a Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology and was Chair of Birds Australia Emu Review Committee. He has also convened multi- and inter-disciplinary conferences on wildlife conservation.



1968 - 1977
Career position - Experimental Officer to Officer-in-Charge of the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Wildlife and Ecology in Western Australia
1977 -
Career position - Assistant Chief of the CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology in Canberra
Award - Whitley Medal received for Birds of the Eucalypt Forests and Woodlands: Ecology, Conservation and Management (co-recipients: A. Keast, H.F. Recher and H. Ford)
Award - American Wildlife Society Award received for The Role of Corridors, published in 1991 with Richard Hobbs

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Edited Books

  • Saunders, Denis, Spratt, David and Van Wensveen, Monica (eds), Perspectives on Wildlife Research: Celebrating 50 Years of CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology, Surrey Beatty & Sons in Association with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Chipping Norton, 2002, 144 pp. Details

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See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2001, 492 pp. Details

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