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Biographical entry Adam, Paul (1951 - )


Lancaster, United Kingdom


Paul Adam is an ecologist whose expertise is in the salt marshes, coastal heathlands and rainforests particularly of New South Wales. He joined he School of Botany at the University of New South Wales in 1978, later becoming the Head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Among his publications have been Saltmarsh ecology (1990) and Australian rainforests (1992). Adam has played a central role in environmental policy development in New South Wales through his long-term membership of the Nature Conservation Council, National Parks advisory committees and the Land and Environment Court. Between 1996 and 2004 he was a member of the New South Wales Scientific Committee which determines the conservation status of endangered species.



Education - BA (hons), University of Cambridge
Education - PhD, University of Cambridge
1978 - ?
Career position - Lecturer, School of Botany, University of New South Wales
Life event - Settled in Australia
1996 - 2004
Career position - Deputy Chair (later Chair) New South Wales Scientific Committee
2003 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
Award - Gold Medal, Ecological Society of Australia
2007 -
Career position - Acting commissioner, Land and Environment Court, New South Wales
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (honorary) for service to science, biodiversity conservation and education
Award - Australian Natural History Medallion, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria

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Book Sections

  • Adam, Paul, 'The study of natural history - a PPP' in The Natural History of Sydney, Lunney, Daniel, Hurchings, Pat and Hochuli, Dieter, eds (Mosman, N.S.W.: Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 2010), pp. 1-15. Details
  • Adam, Paul, 'Our own worst enemies?' in Science under siege: zoology under threat, Banks, Peter, Lunney, Daniel and Dickman, Chris, eds (Mosman, N.S.W.: Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 2010), pp. 69-78, Details

Journal Articles

  • Adam, Paul and McDonald, Tein, 'Environmentally engaged research: an interview with Paul Adam', Ecological management and restoration, 19 (1) (2018), 14-23. Details
  • Campbell, Maxwell, 'Australian Natural History Medallion 2017: Dr Paul Adam AM', Victorian Naturalist, 135 (1) (2018), 25-6. Details

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