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Biographical entry Saunders, Graham William (1933 - 1988)

Born
24 January 1933
Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia
Died
29 February 1988
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Conservationist and Entomologist

Summary

Graham Saunders was an entomologist and conservationist who played a significant role in the establishment of the national parks system in Queensland. Early work for the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock (later Primary Industries) included pests of tobacco, bananas, citrus, tomatoes and pasture crops, particularly in northern Queensland. His research into the funnel ant found that they were better controlled by reduction of grazing pressure than use of insecticides and led to improvements in pasture management practices. In 1975 Saunders was appointed inaugural Director of the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service, in which role he balanced the expectations of mining, logging and agricultural interests with those of conservation groups. He represented the Queensland Government in international forums; was a trustee for World Wildlife Fund (Australia); and was a member of the Great Barrier Reef Consultative Committee. In 2000 a reef in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was named in his honour.

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1954 -
Career position - Assistant Entomologist, Queensland State Department of Agriculture and Stock
1957
Education - BAgSc (hons), University of Queensland
1969
Education - DAgSc, University of Queensland
1969 - 1970
Career position - President, Entomological Society of Queensland
1971 - 1975
Career position - Inaugural Director, Queensland Fauna Conservation Branch
1973
Career position - President, Royal Society of Queensland
1975 - 1988
Career position - Director, Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service
1977
Career position - Queensland Government representative to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
1978 -
Career position - Member, Great Barrier Reef Consultative Committee
1978 -
Career position - Trustee, World Wildlife Fund (Australia)
1987 - 1988
Career position - Foundation Fellow, Australian Institute of Biology

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Published resources

Book Sections

  • Buckridge, Patrick, 'Saunders, Graham William (1933-1988), Entomologist and Conservationist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2012, pp. 391-2. Details

Journal Articles

  • Hynes, R. A., 'Obituary: Dr Graham Saunders and his contribution to entomology and conservation', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol. 99, 1988, pp. 111-5. Details

Online Resources

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