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        Ronda Green

Ronda Joy Green, BSc (Hons)PhD

Ronda painting
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Ronda holds a PhD in zoology and has conducted much ecological and behavioural research over the years, especially seed dispersal by fruit-eating animals and the effects of habitat alteration on wildlife, also play behaviour of chimpanzees and various aspects of wildlife tourism, and is the author or co-author of a number of publications.

She has  had extensive experience in nature interpretation for all ages, having run a holiday farm, worked as ranger in charge of interpretive activities, lectured at university  and adult education classes, conduced research into recreational and educational activities for children, and has over the years led many voluntary activities, day excursions and camps for all ages from pre-school to adult

She is currently chair of Wildlife Tourism Australia and Scenic Rim Wildlife

See sample of articles about Ronda (there have been many others over the years, but not online)


Ronda has travelled in wilderness areas of all non-polar continents, and speaks a little Spanish and a few phrases of various other languages. In addition to all things to do with wildlife and nature generally, she enjoys painting and playing piano and guitar.



Publications:

book coverPrimary or sole author:
  • Wildlife Tourism: A Handbook for Guides, Tour Operators, Job-seekers and Business Start-ups [Kindle Edition], Amazon
  • Green, R. J. 2013. Reaching out to non-ecologists: why I got involved in wildlife tourism, Journal of Ecotourism, DOI:10.1080/14724049.2013.788655
  • Green, R. J. & Jones, D. N. 2010. Practices, need and attitudes of bird-watching tourists in Australia. Sustainable Tourism CRC report.
  • Green, R. J. 2007. Refining the conservation management of seed-dispersing frugivores and their fruits: examples from Australia. In Dennis, A. J., Schupp, E. W., Green, R. J. and Westcott, D. W. (Eds) Seed dispersal: theory and its application in a changing world. CAB International, Wallingford, UK
  • Green, R. J. and Giese, M. 2004. The Negative Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife. In K. Higginbottom (ed.) Wildlife Tourism, Sustainable Tourism CRC
  • Green, R. J., Higginbottom, K. and Northrope, C. 2001. A Tourism Classification of Australian Wildlife. Wildlife Tourism Research Report Series No. 7, Status Assessment of Wildlife Tourism in Australia Series, CRC for Sustainable Tourism
  • Green, R. J. and Higginbottom, K.2001. The Negative Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife. Wildlife Tourism Research Report Series No. 5, Status Assessment of Wildlife Tourism in Australia Series, CRC for Sustainable Tourism
  • Green,R. J. and Catterall, C. P. 1998. The effects of forest clearing and regeneration on the fauna of Wivenhoe Park, south-east Queensland. Wildlife Research 25(6) 677 - 690
  • Green, R. J. 1995. Using frugivores for regeneration: a survey of knowledge and problems in Australia.   in J. A. Bissonette and P. R. Krausman (eds) Integrating People and Wildlife for a Sustainable Future, The Wildlife Society, Maryland
  • Green R. J. and Higginbottom, K.  2000. The effects of non-consumptive wildlife tourism on free-ranging wildlife: a review. Pacific Conservation Biology 6:183-197
  • Green, R. J. 1993. Avian seed dispersal in and near subtropical rainforests. Wildlife Research 20: 535-557
  • Green, R. J. Catterall, C. P., Jones, D. N. and Johnston, J. B. 1993. The terrestrial fauna and flora of Wivenhoe Park, South-east Queensland, and their changes following a century of pastoralism and recent dam construction. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 103: 27-46
  • Green, R. J., 1989. Problems of play: reflections on research.   Australian Primatology 4:2-3
  • Green, R. J., 1988. Protectiveness by family members towards young chimpanzees: incidental notes taken at Taronga Zoo.   Australian Primatology 3: 13-14
  • Green, R. J., Catterall, C. P. and Jones, D. N. 1988. Foraging and other behaviour of birds in subtropical and temperate suburban habitats. Emu 89: 216-222
  • Green, R. J., 1986. Native and exotic birds in the suburban habitat. In H. A. Ford and D.C. Paton (eds) The Dynamic Partnership: Birds and Plants in Southern Australia.   S. A. Government Printers
  • Green, R. J. 1984. Native and exotic birds in a suburban habitat. Australian Wildlife Research 11:181-190
  • Green, R. J. 1977. Bush Holidays and Outings in Victoria. Quartet Books, Melbourne
  • Green, R. J. 1977. Guidelines to the Preparation of Nature Trails. Australian Conservation Foundation,Melbourne
In preparation:
  • An Australian Wildlife Tourism and Research Network (with Peter Wood - a chapter in a book on science in tourism)
  • Disturbing Skippy on Tour (a chapter in a book on ethics and science in our relationship with kangaroos)

Ronda
                        Green

Papers other than primary authorship:
  • Butler, D. W., Green, Ronda Joy, Lamb, D., McDonald, W. J. F. AND Forster, P. I. 2007. Biography of seed-dispersal syndromes, life-forms and seed sizes among woody rain-forest plants in Australia's subtropics.       Journal of Biography 34:1736-1750
  • Catterall, C. P., Green, R. J., and Jones, D. N. 1989. The occurrence of birds in relation to plants in a subtropical city.   Australian Wildlife Research 16:289-305
  • Catterall, C. P., Green, R. J., and Jones, D. N. 1991.   Habitat use by birds across a forest suburb interface in Brisbane: implications for corridors.   In (eds. D.A. Saunders and R. J. Hobbs) Nature Conservation 2: the Role of Corridors.   Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney
  • Dennis, A. J., Schupp, E. W., Green, R. J. and Westcott, D. W. (Eds) Seed dispersal: theory and its application in a changing world. CAB International, Wallingford, UK
  • Higginbottom, K., Green, R. J. and Northrope, C. 2003. A framework for managing the negative impacts of wildlife tourism on wildlife. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 8: 1-24
  • Higginbottom, K. B., Green, R. J., Leiper, N., Moscardo, G., Tribe, A. and Buckley, R. 2003.  Evaluation of Organised Tourism involving Wild Kangaroos. Sustainable Tourism CRC Report
  • Higginbottom, K., Northrope, C. and Green, R. J. 2001. The Positive Effects of Wildlife Tourism on Wildlife. Wildlife Tourism Research Report Series No. 6, Status Assessment of Wildlife Tourism in Australia Series, CRC for Sustainable Tourism
  • Moran, C., Catterall, C. P., Green, R. J. and Olsen, M. F.2004. Fate of feathered fruit-eaters in fragmented forests.Pp 699-712 in D. Lunney (ed.) Conservation of Australia's Forest Fauna' (2nd edition), . Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. Mosman, Australia
  • Moran, C., Catterall, C. P., Green, R. J. and Olsen, M. F.2004. Functional variation among frugivorous birds: implications for rainforest seed dispersal in a fragmented subtropical landscape. Oecologia 141: 584-595


Ronda in forest,
                        photo by LoisSee also articles by Ronda on the internet: (note that some of te links to other websites and emails may be outdated):

The tour operator's dilemma: Keeping the customer happy while not disturbing the wildlife

Into the Forest: Nicaragua's Selva Negra

Rara Avis: Into the Tree-Tops

Dispersal of rainforest seeds by frugivorous birds

South America and Australia: sister continents

Ecological interactions and climate change

Green Tape can be useful

Developing a network of tourism operations involved in conservation monitoring and wildlife research: benefits to tourism and research. (Peter Wood and Ronda Green)   pdf

How do we make wildlife tourism exciting, involving, educational, sustainable AND affordable for guides and small businesses?
pdf

Ten years of Wildlife Tourism Australia pdf

Wildlife tourism in Australia: the next decade  pdf



Ronda has  lectured in:
  • University (Griffith and Southern Cross): population ecology, community ecology, conservation biology, techniques for wildlife conservation, nature-based tourism
  • School for Field Studies: population ecology, community ecology, conservation biology
  • Institute of advanced education (Capricornia): animal house and field techniques, micro and macro techniques, social biology, indoor/outdoor laboratories
  • Technical and Further Education (TAFE certificate course): heritage tourism
  • Adult education (TAFE: South Brisbane and Yeronga) birdwatching and bird behaviour, wildlife of south-east Queensland
and has presented numerous talks at conferences, symposia, workshops and public meetings

She has illustrated a couple of books (her own books on 'Bush Holidays and Outings in Victoria' and 'Guide to the Preparation of Nature Trails' plus a National Fitness Council publication on walking trails in the Adelaide Hills) and chapters of books (The Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park : a report on its history and natural values  and An Island in suburbia : the natural and social history of Toohey Forest)

Sample of articles about Ronda: