We are glad to announce Paul Meek as member on our board of international advisors and our Australian connection!
Paul has spent most of the last 25 years working as an Ecologist and Researcher around Australia with short forays overseas studying shrews in Malaysia and Austria and Pallas’ Cat and small mammals in Hustai Biosphere reserve, Mongolia. He lived and worked on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean for two and a half years in what he describes as a life changing experience.
Predators have been Paul’s passion over the years and his most valuable work to date has been on foxes, cats and free-roaming dogs in Jervis Bay. His early work has led to the implementation of two long term fox baiting programs in Booderee NP and Beecroft Weapons Range where native wildlife have now returned in abundance. He spent eight years carrying out pre-logging surveys for threatened flora and fauna in northern NSW and commenced several research projects on species such as the Hastings River Mouse and the Sphagnum Frog. Paul is considered an expert in small to medium sized mammal trapping and survey design and has been involved in wildlife research and management throughout Australia and in parts of Asia.
Paul is an accredited trainer and assessor and is actively involved in teaching students and professionals the fundamental skills of wildlife management. His experience in training Aboriginal Australians, Malaysian, Chinese and Mongolian peoples how to trap and survey mammals is complimented by his wildlife research expertise. In 2009 Paul reviewed a state-wide Red Fox threat abatement plan in NSW Australia aimed at reducing impacts on threatened birds and mammals and stimulating natural recpovery of over 14 threatened species.
In 2011 Paul was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to study camera trapping in Europe and North America, and visited a project by the Rewilding Foundation as part of his investigative journey. Paul is currentlystudying predators and the use of camera traps for monitoring populations of small – medium sized mammals. Moreover, Paul is organiser of the international Cameratrapping in Wildlife Management and Research Colloquium, soon to be held in Sydney (13-14 September 2012).
We welcome Paul as associate and expert advisor of our foundation!