Staff

George Wilson is the principal of Australian Wildlife Services. His qualifications are Master Veterinary Science (University of Sydney) and PhD in Zoology (University of Aberdeen).

Dr Wilson is Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University, Fenner School of Environment and Society and Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Institute of Environmental Studies.

His research experience covers a wide range of scientific and industry development topics in wildlife management, animal quarantine and disease management, animal production, resource management and conservation. He has had extensive experience in the practical application of research work and has published more than 130 papers, articles, wildlife plans of management and chapters and written three books. He has had contracts to manage research programs for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Prior to establishing his own consultancy company he worked for three years with economic policy company – ACIL Consulting Pty Ltd and before for seven years was Branch Head  in the Bureau of Resource Sciences including as Chief Veterinary Officer for Australia. He has also worked for Australian Government Department of Environment as Director of the National Conservation Strategy and Principal Wildlife Officer with with the Australian, and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

In Scotland in late 1970’s he worked with the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology

George has been a Scout Leader with Air Scouts Canberra since 1987 and was awarded a Silver Wattle for Meritorious service. He is a member of Canberra Burley Griffin Rotary Club where in 2014 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of an outstanding commitment to the Club or the community.

Contact: george.wilson@awt.com.au

Employed and Contracted Staff

Jennifer Smits, Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management) First Class Honours 2008, Australian National University.

Jenny provides research support and investigations for biological aspects of projects, mapping surveys and software development. She has well developed computer mapping and GIS skills using ArcGIS, Manifold and MapInfo and has a Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing. She has refined, developed and trained Cybertracker, the icon-based, portable GPS software, for Aboriginal rangers to track native and invasive flora and fauna. Activities also include bird, reptile, plant, mammal, aerial, landscape function, erosion, water and soil carbon surveys. She is advising on procedures and requirements to minimise the impact of windfarms on wildlife and habitats. Jenny is currently studying a Masters of GIS and Remote Sensing. She works part time with as . Contact: jennifer.smits@awt.com.au

CharlieCharlie Wilson, Bachelor of Environmental Science, University of Canberra, 2008. Charlie provides support to AWS in the development of resource management plans and sustainable land use practices by pastoralists, Landcare cooperatives and Aboriginal communities. Charlie has extensive experience in ecological assessment, environmental economics, carbon accounting and carbon methodology development. Charlie is also an experienced Systems Administrator and IT consultant with interdisciplinary expertise in environmental modelling and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

He has worked closely with remote indigenous communities in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia to develop environmental and economic programs. He has also worked extensively with agricultural companies, graziers and pastoralists throughout Australia to implement plans of management and alternative land-use strategies. Working in the compliance and global voluntary carbon markets he has advised on the development of carbon market mechanisms including the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and the previously proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). He has authored and reviewed carbon accounting methodologies for use in the CFI and international carbon markets, developed and audited agricultural and forestry carbon projects with considerable experience in field assessment and research.

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Melanie Edwards, Bachelor of Science First-class Honours, 2006,  Australian National University. PhD 2013 Australian National University.
Melanie Edwards (nee Garner) provides research support and investigations for biological aspects of projects. She has worked as an Intern at Smithsonian Institution and is also currently teaching practical classes part time at ANU. Melanie’s honours thesis was on detoxification in brushtail possums.

 

Geoff Kay Bachelor of Science (Forestry) / Bachelor of Science (Biology) 2001 – Dec 2005 from Australian National University. Geoff provides part-time support and research services for AWS.  He has modelled kangaroo populations and sustainable harvests and led the 2010 and 2011   reptile survey of Angas Downs conducted with the support of the Anangu Rangers. Here he is shown with the Angas Downs emblem – the Thorny Devil.  He is also undertaking PhD at ANU

Margaret Woodrow, Bachelor of Arts, Sydney University, with majors in Economics and Geography, and Diploma of Education, (CCAE). Margaret Woodrow provides administrative and research support for the wide range of AWS activities and projects. She has 15 years public service experience and 11 years as a subject coordinator in a large school.

Edward Wilson, Bachelor of Design provides computing and design expertise especially for project reports and brochures. He manages AWS servers and IT needs.

Lyn Wilson is a specialist laboratory scientist who works on AWS projects.

AWS also partners with Universities, other consultants and services to provide a wide range of specialist input on projects.