Browse Entries

Use Trove to find more resources by/about this Biographical entry

  • Trove

Biographical entry Paton, David Cleland


Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


David Paton is an ornithologist and ecologist who has been at the University of Adelaide since 1983. His research interests lie with the ecology of Australian honeyeaters, and with bird conservation and habitat restoration in South Australian woodlands. He has been a strong advocate for environmental restoration around the mouth of the Murray River, and in 2010 published At the end of the River: the Coorong and Lower Lakes. Paton has been involved in a number of habitat restoration and species recovery programs, including those for the Glossy and Red-tailed Cockatoos. He has held executive roles with Birds Australia and in 2007 became a Life Member of the South Australian Ornithological Association. In 1986 with H. A. Ford Paton co-edited The Dynamic partnership: birds and plants in Southern Australia.


David Paton is the grandson of John Burton Cleland.


1981 - 1982
Award - Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship
1984 -
Career position - Principal Investigator, Earthwatch Institute
1990 - 1993
Career position - President, South Australian Ornithological Association
1995 - 1997
Career position - Member of Council, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
1997 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, South Australian ornithologist
1997 -
Career position - Member, Science Advisory Committee, Earthwatch Institute
1997 - 1999
Career position - Member of Council, Birds Australia
1997 - 2006
Career position - Lecturer, University of Adelaide
1999 - 2005
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Emu
2000 - 2004
Career position - Member, Recovery Team and Research Sub-Committee, Birds for Biodiversity Program
2003 - 2009
Career position - Member, Research and Conservation Committee, Birds Australia
Award - Dean of Science Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Adelaide
Award - Natural History Medallion, Field Naturalist Society of South Australia
2004 - 2006
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Ecological management and restoration
2006 -
Career position - Head, Discipline of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Adelaide
Award - South Australian Premier's Science Excellence Award
2007 -
Award - Life Member, South Australian Ornithological Association
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to conservation and the environment through research into the ecology and behaviour of Australian birds, to the management and restoration of the natural environment, and to education

Related Awards

Related Corporate Bodies

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Baker, Jack, 'D. L. Serventy 2011: citation - David Cleland Paton AM', Emu, 112 (2012), 78. Details
  • Paton, David C., Robertson, Jeremy and Buchanan, Kate, 'D. L Serventy Medal 2016 citation: Sonia M. Kleindorfer', Emu, 116 (2016), 47. Details
  • Paton, David, Copley, Peter, Garnett, Stephen and Joseph, Leo, 'J. N. Hobbs Medal 2015: citation - Lynn Pedler', Australian field ornithology, 32 (2015), 209-10. Details


See also

Rosanne Walker and Helen Cohn