Adrian Wayne

Senior Research Scientist
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Dr Adrian Wayne is a Senior Research Scientist (Forest Fauna Ecology) with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (and its predecessor agencies CALM, DEC & DPAW) and a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

He is a wildlife ecologist with 25 years of experience in biodiversity conservation research and management. In 1994 he co-rediscovered the Gilbert’s potoroo. Based in Manjimup, Western Australia, he researches the ecology of forest vertebrate fauna (frogs, reptiles and mammals), focusing on work relevant to the conservation and management of threatened and sensitive species. This has included investigating fauna responses to timber harvesting and prescribed burning, and the ecology of the koomal (common brush-tail possum) and the ngwayir (western ringtail possum) in the jarrah forest, mammal declines with a focus on the woylie, and introduced predator ecology and management. Providing scientific, ecological and biological expertise to biodiversity conservation and management is also an important part of his role.

Adrian collaborates extensively with individuals and organisations across a wide range of professions and disciplines. He also supervises and supports many students in their courses and research projects. He also has a senior logistics role in the emergency incident management of large bushfires. Adrian is a member of several Recovery Teams for threatened terrestrial mammals present in the southwest of Western Australia.