Belinda Wilson is an ecologist who specialises in threatened species conservation and reintroduction biology.
Her experience in academic research, consultancy, and environmental regulation have led to a keen interest in combining fundamental science with management actions. By understanding how environmental change impacts physiology, behaviour, habitat use, associations, and broader ecosystem processes, Belinda investigates how iterative trials and adaptive management can lead to better conservation outcomes for threatened species.
Belinda is finalising her PhD exploring trials, tactics, behaviour, movement, and species recovery using the model system of reintroduced eastern quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus, murunguny in the Indigenous Ngunnawal language) as part of the Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment.
- Evans et al (2022) Reintroduction biology and the IUCN Red List: the dominance of species of Least Concern in the peer-reviewed literature. Global Ecology and Conservation 38: e02242.
- Evans et al (2022) Coexistence conservation: Reconciling threatened species and invasive predators through adaptive ecological and evolutionary approaches. Conservation Letters 4(7): e12742.
- Wilson et al (2022) Personality and plasticity predict post-release performance in a reintroduced mesopredator. Animal Behaviour 187: 177-189.
- Wilson et al (2021) Reintroduction of the eastern quoll to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, Australia, using trials, tactics, and adaptive management. In Soorae, IUCN global conservation translocation perspectives 2021.
- Wilson et al (2020) Adapting reintroduction tactics in successive trials increases the likelihood of establishment for an endangered carnivore in a fenced sanctuary. PLoS ONE 15(6): e0234455.
- Portas et al (2020) Baseline health and disease assessment of founder eastern quolls during a conservation translocation to mainland Australia. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 56(3): 547559.