Barry Traill

Barry Traill

  • Director
  • Outback Australia,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Australia


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.

Recent Work

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  • The Effects of Underwater Noise on Marine Life

    Vision is often compromised in the ocean by poor light and turbidity, making sound an essential tool for marine life in their communication, navigation, and detection of predators and prey. Consequently, man-made noise from industries such as shipping and hydrocarbon exploration can be detrimental to fish, whales, and other ocean life. Read More

  • Conservation and Development Aren’t Opposing Ideas

    On Friday 7 August the Australian Financial Review ran a story stating that The Pew Charitable Trusts was funding a legal challenge against the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. Read More

  • We Are All Caretakers of Our Oceans

    The 30-minute film documents the experiences of people living and working close to sanctuaries for marine life. From Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and Maria Island in Tasmania to the Great Barrier Reef and New South Wales coast, each of the reserves featured in the film is a world-class example of conservation and recreation interests working hand-in-hand. The sanctuaries, established more... Read More

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Manager, Communications