MEEK, Paul

Paul Meek

Research interests

  • Foxes
  • Wild Dogs
  • Feral Cats
  • Camera Trapping
  • Pest Monitoring
  • Native species


Paul has been working on several research projects with the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit, the Invasive Animals CRC and University of New England over the last few years. Previously he was a Project Officer with NSW NPWS and Regional Ecologist with Forests NSW. He has worked as an ecologist throughout Australia including working on several Islands such as Christmas, Bowen and Mutton Bird, and spent time working on projects overseas in Mongolia, Malaysia, Bali, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands and the USA.

Paul has over 24 years experience as a pest animal researcher and was the founder of two landscape scale fox control projects in NSW and is presently involved in Mallee Recovery in western NSW. In recent years he has been involved in camera trap research on Hastings river mice, native and introduced rodents, wild dogs, foxes and feral cats. Paul's main camera trap interests are focussed on evaluating the effectiveness of camera traps and testing the robustness of these devices for research and monitoring purposes. In 2011 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel to Europe and the USA investigating camera trap use.


  • BAppSc, MAppSc, PhD (Candidate)

Current projects

  • Involved in the Wild Canid Demonstration Site research team, the use of camera traps in pest animal monitoring

Recent publications

Meek, P.D, Ballard, G, Claridge, A, Kays, R., Moseby, K., O'Brien, T., O'Connell, A. , Sanderson, J., Swann, D.E., Tobler, M. and Townsend, S. (2014). Recommended guiding principles for reporting on camera trapping research. Biodiversity and Conservation .

Diete, R., Meek, P.D., Dickman, C.R. and Lueng, L. (2014). Burrowing behaviour of the northern hopping-mouse (Notomys aquilo): field observations. Australian Mammalogy.

Meek, P.D., Falzon, G. and Vernes, K. (2013). On the Reliability of Expert Identification of Small-Medium Sized Mammals from Camera Trap Photos. Wildlife Biology in Practice.

Zewe, F, Meek, PD, Vernes, K and Ford, H (2013). A vertical bait station for black rats (Rattus rattus) that reduces bait-take by a sympatric native rodent.Australian Mammalogy.

Rovero, F., Zimmermann, F, Berzi, D. and Meek, P.D. (2013). Which camera trap type and how many do I need?' A review of camera features and study designs for a range of wildlife research applications. Hystrix Italian Journal of Mammalogy 24: 148-156.

Palmer, R., Pyke, D., Meek, P.D. and Cramer, V. (2013). The Mysterious Case of the Black Rat on Sunday Island. Landscope.

Meek, P.D. and Pittet, A. (2012). User-based design specifications for the ultimate camera trap for wildlife research. Wildlife Research 39: 649-660.

Meek, P.D., Ballard, G. and Fleming, P. (2012). A permanent security post for camera trapping. Australian Mammalogy 35: 123-127.

Meek, P.D., Hawksby, RJ, Ardler, A., Hudson, M. and Tuckey, K. (2011). Eradication of Black Rats (Rattus rattus) L. from Bowen Island, Jervis Bay NSW. Australian Zoologist 35: 560-568.

Nick Dexter, Paul Meek, Steve Moore, Matt Hudson, and Holly Richardson (2007). Population Responses of Small and Medium Sized Mammals to Fox Control at Jervis Bay, South-eastern Australia. Pacific Conservation Biology 13: 283-292.

Michael W Roberts ,Nick Dexter, Paul D Meek, Matt Hudson and William A Buttemer (2006). Does baiting influence the relative composition of the diet of foxes. Wildlife Research 33: 481-485.

Meek PD, 2003. Home Range of House Cats (Felis catus L.) living within a National Park. Australian Mammalogy 25, 51-60.

Meek, P.D. and Kirwood, R.E. (2002). Generating conservation kernels to select areas to control red fox (Vulpes vulpes): Potential implications for pest management practice in state forests. Ecological Management and Restoration 4: S46-52

Meek, P.D. and Saunders, G. (2000). The home range and behaviour of foxes Vulpes vulpes L. living in coastal NSW. Wildlife Research 27.

Meek, P.D. (1999). The movement, roaming behaviour and home range of free roaming domestic dogs Canis lupus familiaris in coastal New South Wales. Wildlife Research 26: 847-855.

Meek, P.D. (1998). The Biology of the European Red Fox and the Free Roaming Dog on Bherwerre Peninsula, Jervis Bay. Unpublished MAppSc Thesis, University of Canberra.

Meek, P.D. (1998). Food items brought home by domestic cats Felis catus (L) living in Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay. Proceedings of theLinnean Society NSW 120.

Meek, P.D. and Triggs, B. (1998). The food of foxes, dogs and cats on two peninsulas in Jervis Bay, NSW. Proceedings of the Linnean Society NSW 120.

Dexter, N. and Meek, P.D. (1998). An analysis of bait-take and non-target impacts during a fox control exercise. Wildlife Research 25 (2).

Fleming P. Allen L, Berghout M, Meek P, Pavlov P, Stevens P, Strong K, Thompson J and Thomson P (1998). The performance of wild canid traps in Australia: capture efficiency, capture rate, selectivity and trap-related injuries. Wildlife Research 25 (3).

Meek, P.D. (1998). “Weed seeds and whoopsie daisies”: viability of Bitou bush Chrysanthemoides monilifera in fox Vulpes vulpes scats. Plant Protection Quarterly 13 (1).

Meek, P.D., Jenkins, D.J., Morris, B., Ardler, A.J. and Hawksby, A.J. (1995). Use of two humane leg hold traps for catching pest species. Wildlife Research 22 (6) 733-739

Professional associations and activities

  • AWMS

Keyword/phrase list of research interests:

  • Foxes
  • Wild Dogs
  • Dingoes
  • Rodents
  • Islands
  • Camera Trapping
  • Trapping
  • Baiting

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