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Biographical entry Ford, Hugh Alastair (1946 - )

8 December 1946
United Kingdom
Ornithologist and Ecologist


Hugh Ford is an associate professor in zoology at the University of New England, where he has worked since 1977. He has studied the ecology of a wide range of woodland birds by looking at community organisation, population ecology, social behaviour, movements and relationships between birds and plants. He is also concerned about the impact of habitat loss and fragmentation on the conservation of Australian fauna and flora.


Born United Kingdom, 8 December 1946. Educated Universities of Edinburgh (BSc Hons 1968) and Stirling (PhD 1973). Demonstrator, Department of Biology, Keele University 1972-73; Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Adelaide 1973-76, lecturer, then associate professor, Department of Zoology, University of New England 1977 to date. Wrote Ecology of Birds: an Australian Perspective (1989), the first bird ecology text that uses Australian birds extensively to illustrate current ecological theory, and co-edited two books on the ecology of Australian birds, The Dynamic Partnership; Birds and Plants in Southern Australia (1986) and Birds of Eucalypt Forests and Woodlands; Ecology, Conservation, Management. Editor, The Emu 1981-85; first editor of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union's 'Recent Ornithological Literature Supplement' 1987-91; D.L. Serventy Medal, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union 1993. Sometime member, scientific advisory committee, World Wide Fund for Nature; editorial boards, The Emu and Wildlife Research.

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

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