Denis Saunders

Dr Denis Saunders AM

BSc (Hons) (ANU), PhD (WA)


Conservation biology
Landscape ecology
Native vegetation conservation
State of environment reporting


Member, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists
Chair, Sara Halvadene Foundation
2014 Whitley Award, Special Certificate of Commendation for 2014 from Royal Zoological Society of NSW for “great contribution over many years towards the conservation of Australia’s fauna”
Immediate Past President, WWF Australia (2006-2011)
1998 recipient of the International Society for Conservation Biology’s Individual in Government Award for “significant, meaningful and lasting contributions to conservation biology”
1999 recipient of the International Association for Landscape Ecology’s Distinguished Scholarship Award for “exceptional contributions to the development of landscape ecology as a science and a practice”
2006 D. L. Serventy medallist for “outstanding contributions to publication in the science of ornithology in the Australasian region”
Former Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Wildlife & Ecology
Councillor, Australian Heritage Council (2004-2009)
Editor, Biological Conservation (2002-2008)
Editor, Landscape and Urban Planning (1994-2006)
Editor Pacific Conservation Biology
Research Fellow CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences

Publications and Speeches

Saunders, D. A. and Dawson, R. 2017. Cumulative learnings and conservation implications of a long-term study of the endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris. Australian Zoologist.

Durlik, T. (2015) People in profile: Dr Denis A Saunders, AM, Landscope, A Western Australian Parks, Wildlife and Conservation Magazine. pp 36 – 41

Tress, G., Tress, B. and Saunders, D.A. 2014. How to write a paper for successful publication in an international peer-reviewed journal. Pacific Conservation Biology 20 (1): 17-24.

A Guidebook to Environmental Indicators

A Wide Brown Land and Sustainability

Biodiversity and Agriculture