Professor George Wilson

MVSc, PhD
Honorary Professor

Dr George Wilson has a Masters Degree in Veterinary Science (Syd Uni) and a PhD in Zoology (Aberdeen). He has worked for both State and Federal Governments and British Government agencies for over forty five years in scientific research, public policy, and strategic analysis. in 1994 Dr Wilson left government service in the Bureau Resource Sciences, after 7 years a Branch Head / Senior Principal Research Scientist.

Dr Wilson has a broad experience of multi-disciplinary work at the interface between science, economics and the environment. He published more than 150 papers and three books. In the early 1980s he was Director of the first government program that sought to integrate conservation and development - the National Conservation Strategy in the Department of Environment. He has held many honorary positions over his career including as Commissioner Emeritus with the IUCN Species Survival Commission in recognition of his chairmanship of the Australian Marsupial specialist Group.

In the last decade, Dr Wilson has given lectures for several teaching and postgraduate courses at ANU. He is mentoring postgraduate students enrolled in the Fenner School.

He has had wide experience in funding and managing both his own and others' research work, and its practical application. His company Australian Wildlife Services has also worked extensively with Indigenous communities, farmers and graziers, natural resource managers, and zoos throughout Australia. He managed research programmes in the RIRDC and broadened his economic understanding while working with ACIL Consulting Pty Ltd.

Dr Wilson has a particular interest in kangaroo management and supporting graziers to value kangaroos on their lands. sustainable use of wildlife offers graziers the opportunity of saving methane emissions while making contributions to biodiversity conservation.

Dr Wilson has > 4000 hours aeronautical experience as a commercial pilot and has conducted extensive aerial surveys throughout Australia; conducting surveys of kangaroos and camels in central Australia and waterbird surveys down the Murray River. His skills in this capacity are available to the University.

He has many years’ experience and skills as a wildlife veterinarian and in tranquilising wild animals.

Research interests

Conservation through Sustainable Wildlife Use on the rangelands.

Indigenous land and wildlife management

Veterinary conservation biology and aerial surveys

Carbon management and production of low emission meat

  • Wilson, G, Hayward, M & Wilson, C 2017, 'Market-Based Incentives and Private Ownership of Wildlife to Remedy Shortfalls in Government Funding for Conservation', Conservation Letters, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 485-492.
  • Wilson, G, Ryder, M, Fitzgerald, G et al 2013, 'Case Studies on Food Production, Policy and Trade', in Q. Farmar-Bowers, Vaughan Higgins, J. Millar (ed.), Food Security in Australia, Springer, New York USA, pp. 353-364.
  • Cooney, R, Archer, M, Baumber, A et al 2012, 'THINKK again: getting the facts straight on kangaroo harvesting and conservation', in Peter, Banks, Daniel Lunney and Chris Dickman (ed.), Science Under Siege: Zoology under threat, Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, Sydney, pp. 150-160.
  • Wilson, G & Smits, J 2012, 'Indigenous land use and conservation in the Anangu lands of central Australia', in J. Merson, R. Cooney and P. Brown (ed.), Conservation in a Crowded World, UNSW Press, Australia, pp. 117-142.
  • Wilson, G & Smits, J 2012, 'Conservation for culture and livelihoods - Angas Downs, Northern Territory', in P. Figgis, J. Fitzsimons and J. Irving (ed.), Innovation for 21st Century Conservation, Australian Committee for IUCN Inc, Australia, pp. 136-141.
  • Wilson, G, Edwards, M & Smits, J 2010, 'Support for Indigenous wildlife management in Australia to enable sustainable use', Wildlife Research, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 255-263.
  • George R. Wilson, Melanie J. Edwards and Jennifer K. Smits 2010 Support for Indigenous wildlife management in Australia to enable sustainable use. Wildlife Research 37(3) 255–263