Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) sitting on ground © Theo Allofs / Getty Images

Martin Taylor

Protected Areas and Conservation Science Manager

I’m a conservation biologist with more than 20 years’ experience internationally and throughout Australia.

I mostly analyse where protected areas need to go and how much governments need to invest in specific areas to meet their promises. I’m keen on stronger landclearing laws and do a lot of analysis around landclearing impacts on our wildlife, including fieldwork to look for koalas and critical habitat. I also lecture in Environmental Policy at the University of Queensland.

Since graduating from Griffith University’s School of Australian Environmental Studies I’ve worked as a conservation biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity in the US and completed a short stint at the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee and CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). I began working for WWF Australia in 2005.

The world I grew up in, wandering through the bush, beaches and mountains of my home state of Queensland, is fast disappearing. I’m proud to have a hand in saving millions of hectares of wildlife habitat through my work.

The struggle to save nature is never over. Every generation has to shoulder the task in their own way, with their own passion.

© Sian Breen / WWF-Aus

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