Staff profile - Mike Weston
Dr Mike Weston
|Position:||Senior Lecturer |
|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.
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
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
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.
Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Shorebird Breeding Ecology, Disturbance of Wildlife
Conferences and seminars
I co-organised the AWMS conference (2011)
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.
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.
Wildlife and conservation biology
Please see the publication list