MEEK, Paul

Paul Meek

Research interests

  • Foxes
  • Wild dogs
  • Feral cats
  • Camera trapping
  • Pest monitoring
  • Native species Ecology


Paul has been working on several research projects with the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit and University of New England over the last few years. He has been Project Leader on CISS projects: Wild Dog Alert and Intelli-traps (E-Hub). He is currently a part of the Prep4Reset and Feral Cat research project team. Previously he was a Project Officer with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service 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, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and the USA.

Paul has over 30 years’ experience as a pest animal researcher and was the co-founder of two landscape scale fox control projects in NSW (Booderee NP and Beecroft Peninsula). Since 2010 he has been involved in camera trap research on Hastings river mice, native and introduced rodents, shrews, wild dogs, rock wallabies, feral pigs, 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 in wildlife research and management.


  • BAppSc, MAppSc, PhD

Current projects

  • E-Hub Technology Portfolio (Intelli-traps)
  • Prep4Reset
  • Feral Cat Ecology and Control
  • Ecology of Eld’s Deer (Supervisor/Cambodia)
  • Koala Ecology and Interactions with Wild Dogs (Supervisor)
  • Rock Wallaby Ecology, Quoll AI Identification
  • Wild Dog Ecology (Moomba), Wild Dog Alert
  • Nocturnalism in Mammals (USA)
  • Singing Dog Detection (Papua New Guinea)
  • Development of a Foot-hold Trap Alert System

Recent publications

Research Gate Index: 29.33

h-Index: 21

Guy Ballard, Peter Fleming, Paul Meek, Sam Doak. Aerial baiting and wild dog mortality in south eastern Australia. Wildlife Research. In press.

Paul D. Meek, Guy Ballard, Greg Falzon, Jaimen Williamson,  Heath Milne, Robert Farrell, Joshua Stover, Atalya T Mather-Zardain, James C. Bishop, Elrond Ka-Wai Cheung, Christopher K Lawson, Amos M Munezero, Derek Schneider, Beau E Johnston, Ehsan Kiani, Saleh Shahinfar, Edmund J Sadgrove, and Peter J.S. Fleming. (2019). Camera Trapping Technology and Advances: into the New Millennium. Australian Zoologist.

Allen, BL, Allen, LR, Ballard, G, Drouilly, M, Fleming, PJS, Hampton, JO, Hayward, MW, Kerley, GIH, Meek, PD, Minnie, L, O'Riain, MJ, Parker, DM, Somers, MJ (2019) Animal welfare considerations for using large carnivores and guardian dogs as vertebrate biocontrol tools against other animals. Biological Conservation 232, 258-270.

Meek Paul D., Ballard Guy A., Fleming Peter J. S. (2018) Techniques and practices of Australian pest animal trappers. Pacific Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1071/PC18044.

Guy Ballard, Peter J.S. Fleming, and Paul D. Meek (2018) How long is a dingo's tale?: Impacts of sampling design on our understanding of dingo ecology. Australian Zoologist: 2018, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp. 581-590.

Meek, PD, Brown, SC, Wishart, J, Milne, H, Aylett, P, Humphrys, S, Ballard, G, Fleming, P (2019) Efficacy of lethal-trap devices to improve the welfare of trapped wild dogs. Wildlife Research 46, 89-95.

Meek, PD, Ballard, GA, Sparkes, J, Robinson, M, Nesbitt, B, Fleming, PJS (2018) Camera trap theft and vandalism: occurrence, cost, prevention and implications for wildlife research and management. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 5, 160-168.

Meek, PD, Falzon, G, Bishop, J, 2018. The privacy problem with camera traps: you don’t know who else could be watching. The Conversation. The Conversation, Australia. June 18, 2018:

Meek, PD, Shorter, K, Falzon, G (2018) Do lethal trap devices threaten foot-hold trap capture efficacy? International Journal of Pest Management 65, 66-71.Allen, BL, Cox, TE, Fleming, PJS, Meek, PD, Russell, JC (2018) Wildlife conservation management on inhabited islands. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 25, 1-4.

Paul D Meek and Jason Wishart. (2017). Camera trap evidence of Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) predation attempts on adult macropods. Pacific Conservation Biology 23, 302-305.

Fleming, PJS, Nolan, H, Jackson, SM, Ballard, G-A, Bengsen, A, Brown, WY, Meek, PD, Mifsud, G, Pal, SK, Sparkes, J. (2017).  Roles for the Canidae in food webs reviewed: Where do they fit? Food Webs 12, 14-34.

Diete, RL, Meek, PD, Dickman, CR, Lisle, A, Leung, LKP (2017) Diel activity patterns of northern Australian small mammals: variation, fixity, and plasticity. Journal of Mammalogy 98, 848-857.

Meek, PD, Brown, SC (2016) It’s a dog eat dog world: observations of dingo (Canis familiaris) cannibalism. Australian Mammalogy 39, 92-94

Meek, P. D., Ballard, G. A. and Falzon, G. (2016), The higher you go the less you will know: placing camera traps high to avoid theft will affect detection. Remote Sens Ecol Conserv, 2: 204–211. doi:10.1002/rse2.28

Meek, P, Ballard, G, Fleming, P, Falzon, G (2016) Are we getting the full picture? Animal responses to camera traps and implications for predator studies. Ecology and Evolution 6, 3216-3225

Meek, P.D. & Vernes, K. (2016) Can camera trapping be used to accurately survey and monitor the Hastings River mouse (Pseudomys oralis)? Australian Mammalogy, 38, 44-51.

Diete, RL, Meek, PD, Dixon, KM, Dickman, CR, Leung, LK-P (2016) Best bait for your buck: bait preference for camera trapping north Australian mammals. Australian Journal of Zoology 63, 376-382.

Diete, R.L., Adamczyk, S.M., Meek, P.D., Dickman, C.R. & Leung, L.K.-P. (2015) Burrowing behaviour of the delicate mouse (Pseudomys delicatulus) and the management implications for a threatened sympatric rodent (Notomys aquilo). Australian Mammalogy, 37, 260 263.

Meek, P.D., Ballard, G.-A., Vernes, K. & Fleming, P.J.S. (2015) The history of wildlife camera trapping as a survey tool in Australia. Australian Mammalogy, 37, 1-12.

Meek, P.D., Ballard, G.-A. & Fleming, P.J.S. (2015) The pitfalls of wildlife camera trapping as a survey tool in Australia. Australian Mammalogy, 37, 13-22.

Meek, PD, Ballard, G-A, Fleming, PJS, Schaefer, M, Williams, W, Falzon, G (2014) Camera Traps Can Be Heard and Seen by Animals. Plos One 9, e110832.

Diete, R.L., Meek, P.D., Dickman, C.R. and  Leung L.K-P. (2014). Burrowing behaviour of the northern hopping-mouse (Notomys aquilo): field observations. Australian Mammalogy, 36, pp 242-246.

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 23, pp. 2321-2343

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 (2014). A vertical bait station for black rats (Rattus rattus) that reduces bait-take by a sympatric native rodent. Australian Mammalogy 36: 67-73.

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.

Keyword/phrase list of research interests:

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

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