Tim Nevard

Tim Nevard

Biography

Tim has a broad background in nature conservation (especially cranes) in Australia and overseas and his CDU research is concerned with the ecological, behavioural and genetic interactions between Brolgas and Sarus cranes; and the conservation management implications of these.  Fieldwork is focussed around Queensland's Atherton Tablelands and Gulf Savannah regions, where  both species respectively flock in the dry season and breed in the wet.  The research has a strong nature conservation and sustainable land management focus and aims to identify the key characteristics and drivers in relation to the choice of roosting, feeding and breeding sites, behaviour and ecology; as well as the degree of interaction and introgression between the species - especially in relation to apparently increased sightings of birds exhibiting intermediate 'Sarolga' type characteristics (first identified by Dr George Archibald of the International Crane Foundation, and subsequently by Tim, John Grant and others).  Led by RIEL, research partners include the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland, the International Crane Foundation and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, with all of which Tim has long-standing conservation relationships.