Joe Benshemesh has a longstanding interest in the ecology of malleefowl. He completed a PhD on the species’ ecology in the early 1990s and has been involved
in malleefowl research and conservation for over 30 years. He is a founding and current member of the national recovery team and the author of various
iterations of the National Recovery Plan for Malleefowl. His main interests have included the development of the national monitoring system run primarily
by citizen scientists, and the adaptive management framework for the species. Apart from facilitating the monitoring and AM programs, Joe is also involved
in refining of Lidar for detecting mounds, camera-traps monitoring predators and competitors, and working with Indigenous traditional owners to monitor
malleefowl on their land.