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Biographical entry Braithwaite, Richard Wallace (Dick) (1947 - 2016)

6 July 1947
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
1 October 2016
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Ecologist and Mammalogist


Dick Braithwaite was a mammalogist and ecologist who for over 21 years was a research scientist with CSIRO, much of that time based in Darwin. He led the major survey of the wildlife of the Kakadu National Park, one outcome being the expansion of Kakadu National Park. Braithwaite made significant contributions to understanding traditional burning regimes and the impact of fire across northern Australia, and collaborated in ground-breaking research on how invasive plants can significantly modify habitats of native plants. He was a noted authority on Australian rodents and their ecology, and lead author of Australian names for Australian rodents (1995). Braithwaite became Professor of Sustainable Tourism at the Southern Cross University in 2001. In his later years he became involved in documenting the experiences of Australians in occupied Borneo during WWII.



Life event - Qualified as a teacher
1967 - 1970
Career event - Teacher in Queensland schools
Education - BSc, University of Queensland
Education - MSc, University of Queensland
Education - PhD, Monash University
1977 - 1979
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Biology, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1979 - 1980
Career position - Scientific Officer, National Museum of Victoria
1980 - 2001
Career position - Scientific officer with CSIRO
2001 -
Career position - Professor of Sustainable Tourism, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Southern Cross University

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Saunders, Denis and Lonsdale, Mark, 'Richard Wallace Braithwaite, 6 July 1947 to 1 October 2016', Pacific Conservation Biology, vol. 23, 2017, pp. iii-iv. Details


Online Resources

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