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Dr Matthew Hayward

Lecturer in Conservation


Tel.: 01248 383642 (from U.K.), +44 1248 353642 (International)
Fax: 01248 354977 (from U.K.), +44 1248 354977 (International)


Ph.D. (University of New South Wales, Australia) – 2003
B.Sc. Hons 1 (UNSW) - 1995

Research Interests

I am interested in the conservation ecology of threatened species, the factors that threaten them and the methods we can use to effectively conserve them. I have researched these conservation issues in Australia, South Africa and Poland on marsupials, rodents, reptiles, invertebrates, ungulates and large predators.  I have published on predator-prey interactions, reintroduction biology, population dynamics, spatial ecology, intra-guild competition, diet, ecosystem services, conservation effectiveness and status assessments.  I also have experience in conservation management (reintroduction, pest animal control, conservation fencing, fire management) and have sat on several Australian threatened species recovery teams.


I conducted a PhD on the conservation ecology of the vulnerable quokka – a small wallaby that the introduced red fox loves to kill – in the Western Australian jarrah forest. I then conducted two post docs in South Africa; the first on bushmeat hunting in the coastal forests of the Transkei with the Walter Sisulu University, and the second at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to study the reintroduction of lions, spotted hyaenas and a leopard to Addo Elephant National Park.  After this I undertook a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Polish Academy of Science’s Mammal Research Institute in Białowieża Primeval Forest.  Most recently I have been the Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s regional ecologist for six reserves in south-eastern Australia covering over 700,000ha and ranging from the deserts of Lake Eyre through the mallee to Sydney’s North Head where reintroduction, ecosystem services, feral eradication/control and fire management were key research issues.

Editorial roles

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, PLoS ONE, Endangered Species Research, Wildlife Biology, Acta Theriologica, South African Journal of Wildlife Research
Journal of Applied Ecology; Conservation Letters

Offices held


  • SBS Board of Studies
  • SENRGy Board of Studies


  • Director of Zoology with Conservation degree programme
  • Director of Ecology degree programme
  • Director of 3rd Year Studies

Governance of Conservation/Charitable Organisations

  • Trustee of the Welsh Mountain Zoo (National Zoo of Wales)
  • Trustee of the Red Squirrels Trust Wales


  • Centre for African Conservation Ecology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
  • School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Centre for Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • School of Life Sciences, University of kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Research Students

  • Jeremy Ringma – Does competition with burrowing bettongs limit woylies: how and why? PhD co-supervised with Richard Fuller at University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Nicole Coggin – Impact of feral mammal eradication and native species reintroduction on the invertebrate fauna of Scotia Sanctuary.PhD co-supervised with Heloise Gibb of La Trobe University, Australia.
  • Peter Haswell – Are the impacts of apex predators context dependent: wolves in Croatia
  • Maarten Hofman – Corridor creation in Belize based on peccary spatial ecology. Co-supervised with Niko Balkenhol of Gottingen University, Germany
  • Carolyn Devens – Human-carnivore conflict in South Africa: how leopards persist in rangelands. Co-supervised with Michael Somers of the University of Pretoria.
  • Wafa’a Behbehani – Conservation ecology of the spiny-tailed lizard in Kuwait. Ph.D.
  • Liudmila Osipova – Spatial ecology of large herbivores in Africa. Ph.D. co-supervised with Niko Balkenhol of Goettingen University, Germany.
  • Kasim Rafiq – How do leopards avoid costly interspecific interactions? Ph.D. co-supervised with Carlo Meloro and Serge Wich at Liverpool John Moore University, U.K.

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