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Instytut Biologii Ssaków Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Białowieża


Matthew W. Hayward

Matthew W. Hayward

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Ecology of Natural Ecosystems

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Education and scientific degrees:

  • Ph.D.: 2003, University of New South Wales, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, Sydney, Australia.
  • B.Sc. (Hons I): 1995, University of New South Wales, School of Botany and Zoology, Sydney, Australia.

Research profile:

Matt Hayward has conducted field studies into the conservation ecology, threatening processes, population biology, space use and feeding habits of Australian marsupials (quokka, quenda, mardo, chuditch, brushtail possum), on the impact of bushmeat hunting on the larger vertebrate fauna of the Transkeian rainforests (blue duiker, bushbuck, bushpig, common duiker), and on the reintroduction of large predators (lion, leopard and spotted hyaena) to the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. In addition to this, he has researched the prey preferences of large predators and used this research to derive predictions of the diet and carrying capacity of large predators. He is the author of over 20 research papers. He is currently assisting researchers investigate the relative impacts of top-down and bottom-up factors in limiting ungulate population numbers in the Białowieża Primeval Forest, Poland.

International experience:

  • 1995 – Honours research into the form and function of Chiropteran canine teeth at the University of Nebraska State Museum, USA.
  • 1996 – report to the World Bank on the impact of road upgrades on tigers throughout the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
  • 1998-2002 – Ph.D. on the conservation ecology of the quokka Setonix brachyurus in the jarrah forest of the Western Australian mainland with the University of New South Wales.
  • 2003 – Post doctoral fellowship (NRF) to study the impact of bushmeat hunting on the fauna of coastal forests in the Transkei region of South Africa with the Walter Sisulu University.
  • 2003 – 2007 – Post doctoral fellowship (NRF) to study the reintroduction of large predators to the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Awards and prizes:

  • Commonwealth Student Financial Assistance, 1995
  • Australian Post-graduate Award for Ph.D. research. 1998-2002 Ecology of the quokka in mainland Western Australia.
  • Post doctoral fellowship, National Research Foundation of South Africa, 2003: Ecology of larger mammals in the Transkei coastal forests.
  • Post doctoral fellowship, National Research Foundation of South Africa, 2004-7: Ecology of large carnivores in the Greater Addo National Park. The extension of this fellowship for a fourth year had never previously occurred in South Africa.
  • Visiting fellow, University of New South Wales, 2006-2007.
  • Travel Award, Society for Conservation Biology, 2007.

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