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Biographical entry Moors, Philip James (1948 - )

5 April 1948
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Conservationist and Ornithologist


Philip Moors is a conservationist and ornithologist who for over 30 years played key roles in the management of scientific organisations. He was the first full-time Director of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union from 1989 to 1992 during which time he saw the publication of the first volume of highly successful Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds, (1990), and attracted funding for projects such as the Australian Bird Count and the seabird atlas. Moors was Director, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne from 1992 to 2012. He oversaw significant rejuvenation of the Gardens and the development of the Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.



1969 - 1970
Career position - Interpretation Officer, New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
Education - BSc (hons), Australian National University
Education - PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
1974 - 1985
Career position - Scientist, New Zealand Wildlife Service
Career position - Organiser and Editor, International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP) symposium on management of islands for the conservation of rare birds
1985 - 1987
Career position - Assistant Director, Research, New Zealand Wildlife Service
1987 - 1988
Career position - Assistant Director, Research, New Zealand Department of Conservation
1989 - 1992
Career position - Director, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
1992 -
Career position - Member, Maud Gibson Trust
1992 - 2012
Career position - Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
1996 - 1999
Career position - Member, Garden State Advisory Council
1998 - 2012
Career position - Chairman, Board of Management, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology
Award - Centenary Medal for service to the community through conservation and the environment
2002 - 2008
Award - National Secretary, Birds Australia
2005 -
Career position - President, Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand
2005 -
Career position - Member, Executive Board, Committee for Melbourne
2010 -
Career position - Member, Advisory Council, National Parks Victoria
2010 -
Career position - Member, Sustainability and the Environment Committee, Myer Foundation
2010 -
Career position - Trustee, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
Life event - Retired
2013 -
Career position - Member of the Board, Penguin Foundation
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to conservation and the environment through contributions to the botanical and scientific community and the promotion of Australian flora
2018 -
Award - Fellow, Birdlife Australia

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Anon, '2018 Fellows of Birdlife Australia: citations: Douglas Dow, Stephen Garnett, Philip Moors', Emu, 118 (4) (2018), 388. Details


See also

  • Who's who in Australia 2012 (Melbourne: Crown Content Pty Ltd, 2012), 2430 pp. Details
  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

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