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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The Outback of South Australia is a rugged, arid mosaic of desert, plains, and mountains. The region is home to vast and sparse landscapes, small communities, and fascinating wildlife, including the shingleback lizard and a tiny member of the kangaroo family, the burrowing bettong. Read More
Queensland, the second-largest state in Australia, is home to an extraordinary diversity of native plants and animals, and largely intact landscapes. From the dense tropical rainforests of Cape York to the open grasslands of western Queensland, the state is home to nearly 10,000 plant species, more than any other state in Australia. Scientists discover an average of 20 new plant species in... Read More
Flying across the width of Australia in July, from Sydney in the southeast to Broome in the northwest, I was mesmerized by the sweeping floodplains of the channel country and the seemingly endless rolling dunes of the Simpson and Great Sandy deserts—landscapes that looked devoid of life. But in fact I was peering down from my window seat at complex ecosystems that are home to both wildlife... Read More