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David PatonAssociate Professor David Paton AM

Associate Professor David Paton AM is the leader of the Woodland Recovery Initiative project and team.

Dr Paton is part of the University’s School of Biological Sciences. He has contributed to the understanding and management of Australia’s natural environment for three decades and is highly regarded for his research activities at Kangaroo Island and the Coorong, both of which are internationally recognised South Australian icons.

A founding member of the University’s Research Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability, Dr Paton’s areas of research expertise include:

  • the ecology and behaviour of birds
  • conservation, revegetation programs and habitat restoration
  • bird-plant interactions (eg, pollination)
  • Murray River and Coorong ecology
  • management of vertebrate pests (cats, koalas, birds)
  • responses of flora and fauna to fire and drought.

In 1999 Dr Paton received the SA Great Award for the Environment in recognition of his contribution to understanding, protecting and enhancing South Australia’s natural environment. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Premier’s Science Excellence Award for Excellence in Research for Public Good Outcomes.

In 2008 he received the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “service to conservation and the environment through research into the ecology and behaviour of Australian birds, to the management and restoration of the natural environment, and to education”.

Hear Dr David Paton talk about biodiversity in the Mt Lofty Ranges

Woodland Recovery

Faculty of Sciences
Ground Floor, Darling Building
The University of Adelaide


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