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NPAQ Scientific Advisory Body


Primary Objectives
The NPAQ Scientific Advisory Body objectives:
1. To provide advice on the fundamental issues underlying the preservation, expansion and wise management of the protected area estate
2. To assist in applying science to NPAQ strategic planning and policies including the conservation strategy, position statements, direction of advocacy campaigns and support for on-ground projects 
3. To provide expert and evidence-based scientific foundation when analyzing issues of relevance to the existing and future protected area estate 

The National Parks Association of Queensland’s Scientific Advisory Body includes eminent scientists and ecologists from academic institutions and selected protected area specialists, who are experienced working on protected area estate issues in Queensland (and Australia) including: national parks; private protected areas; marine protected areas; biodiversity and climate change, landscape ecology and conservation; threatened species; sustainable recreation; and ecotourism.

Areas of Expertise 

Emeritus Professor

Marc Hockings

University of Queensland (retired)
 National parks, private protected areas, ecology and conservation


Hugh Possingham

University of Queensland
Protected area design and management, biodiversity and climate change, fire regime management, landscape ecology, marine reserve design

Associate Professor

James Watson

University of Queensland
 Climate change adaptation 


Catherine Pickering

Griffith University
 Protected area management, recreation ecology (tourism impacts, weeds)

Mr Peter Cochrane

Australian National University
 Ecotourism, marine reserves

Mr David Cassell

 Protected area management