Barry (B.J.) Traill directs Pew’s efforts in Australia, where he works with partner organisations to secure protection for outstanding areas of the nation’s natural heritage on land and at sea.
Before joining Pew, Barry worked for 25 years as a conservation advocate and zoologist for Australian state and national organisations. He negotiated private land conservation issues for Trust for Nature in Victoria and also worked on native woodland conservation with the Victorian National Parks Association, Environment Victoria, and The Wilderness Society.
He was instrumental in establishing nationally coordinated work on the protection of Australia’s woodlands, including legislation that sharply reduced broad-scale tree-clearing rates in Queensland. He was a founder of the Northern Australia Environment Alliance and the Invasive Species Council.
Barry holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in terrestrial ecology from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
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As in other arid areas across the world, desert springs deliver life-giving water in the Australian Outback. But a new scientific study finds that many of these small oases are facing increasingly dire threats. Read More
Feral camels are one of the most damaging animals in the Outback. Introduced to Australia in the 1800s for transport and construction in the central and western parts of the country, many were released into the wild in the early 20th century, and the population grew fast from there. Read More
The Outback is facing threats. Invasive animals and noxious weeds have spread across the region, pushing many native species to near-extinction levels. Uncontrolled fires can burn entire landscapes and threaten native plants, animals, and people. And rampant development and resource extraction are scarring the land and diminishing habitat for flora and fauna. Read More