Belinda Wilson

Honours (First Class) in Biological Sciences (UNSW), Bachelor of Science Advanced in Biological Sciences (UOW)
PhD Student

Belinda is a conservation ecologist who is passionate about threatened species conservation and reintroduction biology, particularly through a combined research-management approach.

Experience in academic research, wildlife rehabilitation, ecological consultancy and environmental regulation have led to a keen interest in combining fundamental science with management actions. Understanding how environmental change impacts physiology, behaviour, habitat preference, interactions, and ecosystem processes can help us be better informed to manage wild and reintroduced populations with the aim of long-term conservation.

Research interests

Thesis title

Reintroduction Biology of the Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus)

Thesis description

Belinda is a PhD candidate in the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Her project is part of the Australian Research Council-funded Bringing Back Biodiversity project, which is experimentally restoring the Eastern Quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus) to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary after an absence of over 80 years. This is part of a highly successful project that has already reintroduced a number of species into this Sanctuary, such as the Eastern Bettong (Bettongia gaimardi).

Her research study will provide critical insights into how to combine species reintroductions with ecosystem restoration techniques to improve management and resilience of Australia’s woodland ecosystems.