Overview

Current Work

My current activities centre on multidisciplinary research areas that combine my experience in landscape ecology, wildlife management, protected areas and conservation planning. I apply this knowledge to exploring new research directions in urban ecology, conservation tourism and threatened species ecology and management. I adopt an applied approach to my research endeavours such that this can deliver meaningful outcomes for conservation practice and natural resource management.  

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Expertise Keywords

  • Conservation biology
  • Sustainable tourism
  • biodiversity
  • urban environments
  • wildlife management

Subject Area Codes

  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Terrestrial Ecology
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience

Country Affiliations

  • Nepal
  • South Africa

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 82 (Other: 82)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Seminar
    Invited Seminar,   University of Stellenbosch, South Africa,   2017,  
    Two day visit to share research experience with staff and students working on forest research projects in South African southern mistbelt forest. Provided guidance on HDR student projects and met with senior research staff.
  • Workshop
    Community Engagement,   Lockyer Uplands Catchment Inc.,   2016,  
    I have collaborated closely with community conservation groups in the Lockyer Valley region of southeast Queensland to promote biodiversity and threatened species monitoring on private land. Private land conservation efforts are becoming increasingly important for the delivery of conservation outcomes and these initiatives serve to raise awareness, empower local communities and increase our biodiversity knowledge base.
  • Keynote Address
    An international perspective on tourism in national parks and protected areas,   Colong Foundation & National Parks Association of New South Wales,   2012,  

Learning and Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

The approach I take towards teaching is one that embeds student learning within my own ‘lived experience’ as a former conservation practitioner. I have adopted this teaching philosophy as I have found, when reflecting on both peer and student feedback, that this use of examples and material that ties theoretical concepts with real world examples grounded by my own involvement in these situations provides a richer learning experience for students. The inclusion of tangible examples and activities to simplify theoretical constructs is one that I continue to develop to encourage a deeper learning within students and this strategy consistently receives positive feedback from students.  

Current and Past Courses

  • Wildlife Ecology Field Course (3608ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, In Field, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Conservation Biology (3606ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Advanced Studies Project (3118ENV_P2)
    Teacher, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Intro to Ecol and Bio Systems (2315ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Emerging Topics Conservation (3308ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Environmental Capstone (3892ENV)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Emerging Topics Conservation (3308ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Environmental Capstone (3892ENV)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Science Capstone (3992SCG)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Science Capstone (3992SCG)
    Teacher, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Vertebrate Biology (3607ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Terrestrial Biodiversity (2303ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Terrestrial Biodiversity (2303ENV)
    Supervisor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Conservation Biology (3606ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Special Topic 20 (3192ENV)
    Convenor, Mixed Mode, Supervised Research, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Science Capstone (3992SCG)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Science Capstone (3992SCG)
    Teacher, Supervised Research, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Supervisor, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Supervisor, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Ecology (2603ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Intensive, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2014.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Theses Supervised at Griffith

Background

Bio

Guy’s research draws extensively from his conservation biology and park/wildlife management background.  The primary focus of Guy’s research is the investigation of the conservation benefits accruing from various forms of tourism (i.e. ecotourism, nature-based tourism, responsible tourism etc.) at a global level.  

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, University of Port Elizabeth 1992 - 1997
  • MSc Master Of Science, University of Port Elizabeth 1991 - 1991
  • BScHons Bachelor Of Science With Honours, University of Port Elizabeth 1990 - 1990
  • BSc Bachelor of Science, University of Port Elizabeth 1987 - 1989

Academic experience

  • Senior Lecturer, 2014 - Present
  • Senior Research Fellow, 2010 - 2014
  • Lecturer, 2005 - 2010

Awards and Honours

  • International Travel Fellowship, Griffith University 2016 - 2017
  • Highly Commended - one of six global finalists, PLOS - Accelerating Science Award Program 2013 - 2013
  • Best Honours Student, Zoological Society of Southern Africa 1991 - 1991
  • International Travel Award, National Research Foundation, South Africa 1994 - 1994
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards, South African National Parks 2002 - 2003
  • Golden Ort Award, Glossy Black Conservancy 2010 - 2010

Professional experience

  • Animal Ecologist, South African National Parks 1997 - 2005
  • Laboratory Technician, University of Port Elizabeth 1988 - 1989

Internal service roles

  • Griffith School of Environment - Discipline Head (Ecology and Biodiversity), 2015 - Present
  • Program Director - Bachelor of Ecology and Conservation Biology, 2015 - Present
  • Griffith School of Environment - Deputy Floor Warden, 2014 - Present
  • Science Outreach Coordinator - STEM (Tamborine Mountain College), 2015 - Present
  • First Aid Officer, 2008 - 2010
  • Griffith School of Environment - School Committee, 2009 - 2009
  • Griffith Sciences (SEET) - Staff Committee, 2007 - 2009

External service roles

  • Expert reviewer - Discovery / Linkage / DECRA grants, Australian Research Council 2011 - 2014
  • Academic / Research partner, Glossy Black Conservancy 2007 - Present
  • Tourism Research Advisory Panel, South African National Parks 2012 - Present
  • Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group - TAPAS, IUCN 2011 - 2014
  • Species Specialist Group - Equids, IUCN 2004 - 2013
  • Associate Editor - Conservation, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution - Conservation 2014 - Present
  • Handling Editor, Conservation Biology, Society for Conservation Biology 2014 - Present

Editorial roles

  • Handling Editor - Conservation Biology, Society for Conservation Biology 2014 - Present
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution - Conservation 2014 - Present

External advisory roles

  • Tourism Research Advisory Panel, South African National Parks 2012 - Present

Professional memberships

  • ESA Member, Ecological Society of Australia
  • SCB Member, Society for Conservation Biology
  • ZSSA Member, Zoological Society of Southern Africa
  • SAWMA Member, Southern African Wildlife Management Association