We are excited to present our wonderful keynote speakers for the conference event. Each person has made a unique contribution to widening our understanding and knowledge of wombats and will be heading the sessions. As we confirm more keynote speakers, this page will become more populated.
Dr. David Taggart
Conservation Research Fellow, University of Adelaide
Keynote Speaker for Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats
David Taggart completed his PhD on the Ecology and Reproductive biology of Marsupial Carnivores in 1991 and has work at several national and international wildlife research institutions since. He has more than 25 years’ experience conducting and managing field-based wildlife conservation and research programs in a variety of habitats across Australia and is one of Australia’s leading experts on wombats, marsupial carnivores and rock-wallabies. He has particular expertise in marsupial - reintroduction biology, ecology, reproduction, genetics, wildlife health and disease. David is an active member of several state / national Threatened Species Recovery Teams and the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat Specialist Group. He has published extensively in his chosen field and has supervised many PhD and honours student projects, including more than 2 dozen on southern hairy-nosed wombats. David and colleagues have been studying hairy-nosed wombats for more than 23 years in the Murraylands and elsewhere in S.A. He is passionate about the conservation of Australia’s unique wildlife and in working with all stakeholders to bring together diverse expertise and innovative techniques to halt species decline and improve ecosystem health and resilience at a landscape scale. David currently works as a Conservation Research Fellow with both the University of Adelaide, and a new NGO, the Fauna Research Alliance Ltd, of which he is a founding member.
Dr. Alan Horsup
Senior Conservation Officer, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Keynote speaker for Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats
Alan Horsup is another import from the Shaky Isles. He pursued a few careers before completing a zoology degree at Auckland University in 1985. Because mammals were his passion (and NZ has virtually none), he came to Australia and did post-graduate studies on the allied rock-wallaby at James Cook University. In 1991, Alan joined the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service in Rockhampton. Since then, his main responsibility has been the recovery of the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat population at Epping Forest National Park. During this time, wombat numbers have quadrupled and a second population of northern hairy-nosed wombats has been established.
Dr. Scott Carver
Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology, University of Tasmania
Keynote speaker for Common Wombats
Dr Scott Carver is a Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Tasmania, (specialising in wildlife disease ecology) and incoming Chair of Wildlife Disease Association for Australasia. Scott has a broad background spanning research in Australia, the United States and New Zealand. Since joining the University of Tasmania in 2012, he has devoted a majority of his research to the ecology, conservation and welfare of wombats with particular focus on sarcoptic mange disease. Scott’s other major research foci include: disease transmission in North American puma and bobcats; vector-borne disease transmission across Australia; and chlamydial disease in koala and agricultural animals. When not pursuing wombats Scott like to get out and enjoy the Tasmanian wilderness and indulge on the many fantastic Australian red wines.
Ms. Jacqui Mills
Director, The Wombat Foundation
Keynote speaker for Non-Government Organisations
Jacqui Mills has a longstanding affinity with wombats and is committed to campaigning for wildlife protection. Her background includes roles in the not-for-profit sector and in the Australian trade union movement. She has postgraduate qualifications in environmental management. Since 2011, Jacqui has been director of The Wombat Foundation, the only not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to conserving the critically endangered Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat. Jacqui is also global head of farming at World Animal Protection, an international animal welfare organisation.