ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Maggie Watson

Dr Maggie Watson

Dr Maggie Watson is an early career, post-doctoral researcher with ILWS. Her major interests include the effects of parasites on life history traits and physiology, behavioural ecology and conservation. Maggie has worked for many years on the ecology of seabirds, both in the United States and in Australia. She has also worked on other study organisms such as chameleons, frogs and insects. She is currently working with Conservation Evidence on an evidence-based manual for reptile conservation.  Along with her research, Maggie teaches at the undergraduate and post-graduate level as a sessional lecturer with the School of Environmental Sciences at CSU.

Research Interests

  • Parasitology
  • Ethology
  • Ecology - birds, reptiles, crayfish, urban wildlife
  • Eco-immunology

Bachelor of  Arts (Zoology) with certificate of Honors, University of Missouri Columbia, 1991 
MS (Behavioral Ecology)  University of Massachusetts Boston, 1998
Grad Cert (Secondary) (Science) Education,  Charles Sturt University, 2006
Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University, 2012


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Haddaway, N.R. & Watson, M.J. (2016) On the benefits of systematic reviews for wildlife parasitology. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife. 5 (2), 184-191 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213224416300153

Watson, D.M. & Watson, M.J. (2015) Wildlife restoration: Mainstreaming translocations to keep common species common. Biological Conservation. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320715300847

Watson, M.J. (2013) Starling control and management in Macquarie Street, Dubbo. Institute of Land, Water and Society: Albury Australia Report 77.

Watson, M.J. (2012) What drives population-level effects of parasites? Meta-analysis meets life-history, International Journal of Parasitology: Parasites & Wildlife, Vol. 2 (2013), pp. 190–196.

Watson, M.J. (2012) A blood sampling technique for prehatched chicks, Journal of Field Ornithology, Vol. 83, No. 4, pp. 406–410.

Watson, M.J., Spendelow, J.A., Hatch, J.J. (2012) Post-fledging brood and care division in the roseate tern Sterna dougallii, Journal of Ethology, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 29–34.

Watson, M.J., Hatch, J.J. (1999) Differences in foraging performance between juvenile and adult roseate terns at a pre-migratory staging area.  Waterbirds: The International Journal of Waterbird Biology, Vol. 22, No. 3., pp. 463–465.

Hecker, S.,  Watson, M.J., (1999) Staging of roseate terns Sterna dougallii in the post-breeding period around Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.  Atlantic Seabirds, Vol. 1, No. 4., pp. 145–158.


Bio-Acoustic Observatory: Engaging Birdwatchers to Monitor Biodiversity by Collaboratively Collecting and Analysing Big Audio Data. Roe,P., Brereton, M.,  Watson, D, M. Watson, M., (2014-2017) ARC Discovery grant,  $477,000 Project details

Effects of climate variability on Adélie penguins in Antarctica (Principle Investigator: D.G. Ainley). Research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Penguin Project: http://www.penguinscience.com/

Parasitic diversity and burden in the Sinai Chameleon Chamaeleo chamaeleon musae and the Mediterranean Chameleon C. c. recticrista' Effects of parasites on chameleons in Israel (Principle Investigator: A. Bouskila, Ben Gurion University, Israel). Research grant from the ILWS

Acoustic monitoring of seabirds (Principle Investigators: P Roe, QUT and D Watson, ILWS). Research grant by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Acoustics workbench: http://baw.ecosounds.org/