Issue 5
Monday, 02 July 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Professor Stephen Garnett was recently elected a Fellow of BirdLife Australia
Professor Stephen Garnett was recently elected a Fellow of BirdLife Australia

Bird expert receives honour

One of the Northern Territory’s leading authorities on birds has been honoured for his contribution to highlighting threatened species.

CDU’s Professor Stephen Garnett was recently elected a Fellow of BirdLife Australia for his work over decades to create a platform from which the organisation can be influential in applying its scientific knowledge to the conservation of Australian birds.

Professor Garnett is an authority on the status of Australian avifauna. He is actively involved in arguing for appropriate legislative change, identifying priorities, and leading pro-active approaches to reverse environmental impacts and seek affordable paths to recovery.

As co-Councillor for Birds with the Convention on Migratory Species, Professor Garnett has contributed significantly to advancing the cause of migratory shorebirds, highlighting their dramatic population decrease. 

He was lead author of all three editions of The Action Plan for Australian Birds in 1992, 2000 and 2010, which are acknowledged cornerstones of the conservation of Australia’s avifauna.

Effective conservation actions rely on the availability of sound scientific knowledge from sources such as Emu and the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. 

Professor Garnett has played a key role in reviewing, sub-editing and editing these sources and many other journals, and leading digitisation of the first 100 years of Emu to make this knowledge more widely accessible.