Staff profile - Mike Weston

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Dr Mike Weston

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Life & Env. Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Hours: Commitments often take me off campus. When on campus, 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM
Phone: +61 3 925 17433 +61 3 925 17433



My key interest as a conservation biologist is to find effective solutions to biodiversity conservation challenges which permit coexistence between people and wildlife. Emphases include shorebirds and their breeding, sandy shores and the human dimensions of wildlife management.


Most of my career has been in the not-for-profit scientific conservation sphere, where I worked to integrate science and conservation into actual conservation benefits for Australian birds and their habitats. I maintain strong connections with industry, especially with respect to the conservation of beach-nesting birds, and mitigating the threats they face.

Biography summary

I worked for 17 years in a science-based conservation organisation, before starting at Deakin in 2007.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2000
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009

Career highlights

Apart from working with many inspirational students, and colleagues, co-winning a Victorian Coastal Award was a highlight. I have also won the VC award for Excellence in teaching.


As part of a team, I have also won the Eureka Prize for Biodiversity Research.


Australasian Wildlife Management Society

BirdLife Australia

Professional activities

Member, BirdLife Australia National Education Committee

Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Victorian Coastal Council

Associate Editor, The Emu (Austral Ornithology)


Subjects and units currently teaching

SLE 302 Wildlife Field Studies

SLE 309 Wildlife Conservation


I also teach into a range of other units.

Knowledge areas

Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Shorebird Breeding Ecology, Disturbance of Wildlife

Conferences and seminars

I co-organised the AWMS conference (2011)

Media appearances

2012 - Scope and Totally Wild (Channel 10)

2013 - Scope and Totally Wild


Awards and prizes

VC Award for teaching Excellence (2012)

Office of Teaching and Learning citation for outstanding contributions to student learning (2013)


Numerous faculty and school teaching awards.


Research projects

I run numerous research projects on shorebirds, their threats and solutions to those threats. My publications indicate a broad area of interest, underpinned by themes of "being part of the solution", and acknowledging the fact that people are both the part of the biodiversity conservation problem, and also importantly part of the solution. 

Research interests

Wildlife and conservation biology

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