Professor George Wilson is an affiliate of the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society and of the ANU Institute of Climate Energy and Disaster Solutions.

He has also worked for the state and Federal Governments and British Government wildlife research agencies in public policy, strategic analysis and scientific research. He has published more than 150 papers, articles, book chapters and written three books.

Professor Wilson’s qualifications are Master Veterinary Science (University of Sydney) and PhD in Zoology (University of Aberdeen). He is also a commercial pilot and aircraft owner. He has conducted extensive aerial surveys of wild animals and has more than 4,000 hours of aeronautical experience.

As a veterinarian, he also has extensive experience in both practical animal welfare and policy while responsible for these matters within the Australian Government as Assistant Secretary/General Manager, Animal Resources Branch, Bureau of Rural Resources from 1988-1994. For several years during this time he was also Chief Veterinary Officer.

Professor Wilson is also the principal of Australian Wildlife Services, which is a consultancy company that focuses on developing wildlife industries and tourism opportunities that support conservation, and integrating traditional knowledge and wildlife science into the management of Indigenous and Aboriginal land.

He has a continuing interest in kangaroo management, wildlife population ecology, threatened species management, complementing Indigenous wildlife management, and aerial survey.

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