John-Michael Stuart


John is experienced in applied biodiversity conservation, with a primary research interest in ecology of invasive species, in particular foxes. John is currently completing his PhD (Environmental and Conservation Sciences) at Murdoch University in Western Australia, under the supervision of Professor Trish Fleming, Dr Tracey Kreplins, Dr Peter Adams and Dr Scott Whiting. His PhD is investigating movement ecology, diet, behaviour and population demographics of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) adjacent to a flatback turtle (Natator depressus) rookery on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia. This research, in collaboration with and partially funded by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, is contributing to a greater understanding of fox ecology, management and the mitigation of fox predation of marine turtle nests and hatchlings.


John’s Honours research project (2012, Murdoch University), focused on movement ecology and micro-habitat preferences of two small skink species in Wandoo (Eucalyptus wandoo) woodlands of Dryandra State Forest. John has experience in vertebrate fauna surveys, invasive species management, revegetation projects and control of bushland weeds



  • Terrestrial fauna surveys
  • Applied scientific research – project design and implementation
  • Ecological data management, analysis and interpretation (e.g. at a site or landscape scale)
  • Fauna monitoring programs
  • Fauna relocation and implementation
  • GPS and radio-tracking of fauna
  • Feral and pest animal management (flora and fauna)
  • Revegetation projects
  • Chemical immobilisation of fauna
  • GIS analysis
  • Project management


  • Bachelor of Science Conservation and Wildlife Biology (with 1st class Honours) – Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Science Environmental Biology – Curtin University

A copy of John’s CV can be downloaded here


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