Gavin Jackson Memorial Award

Open to all current or recent University students

Gavin Jackson was passionate about many things but birds were a particular favourite. After graduating from Charles Sturt University (CSU) with a Graduate Diploma of Ornithology he wanted to put his new found skills and knowledge to good use. He volunteered with the Helmeted Honeyeater recovery program and became an “A” Class bander through the Victorian Wader Study Group. Gavin also worked as the Corporate Services Manager for Birds Australia (now BirdLife Australia). In his graduation year from CSU, he was awarded the “Bill Lane Award” as the Outstanding Ornithology Student.

Gavin never let a challenge get in his way or even slow him down, as a student at CSU he thrived on the really complex and difficult topics and was very helpful in patiently explaining many of these to those of us lucky enough to be his fellow classmates.


His sense of humour was legendary, in an email he sent to a fellow student he included a link to a published paper suggesting it might be of use for them in their love life, the paper was “Wiggling bird genitals give good vibrations”, the recipient once remarked that he, “wondered what keywords Gavin had used in his internet search to come up with that little gem.” Gavin’s special birding destination was the Werribee water treatment facility, south west of Melbourne, in fact, he held it in such high regard that he and his wife Deb enjoyed Christmas lunch there together in 2006.

Sadly during 2011 while on an extended overseas trip with Deb, Gavin was diagnosed with cancer and after a six month battle passed away on 2nd February 2012.​

This biennial prize is being awarded in honour of Gavin Jackson. The recipient will be a current or recent University ornithology student (including Grad. Certificate, Grad. Diploma, Bachelors Degree, MSc or PhD), and will have demonstrated a passion for birds. The prize will include reimbursement of the registration fee to attend the 2019 Australasian Ornithological Conference, and a two year membership to BirdLife Australia (including an electronic subscription to Emu).

The prize is proudly sponsored by BirdLife Australia, Bob Green and Les Moore.

Previous recipients of the prize have been Josie Galbraith - University of Auckland (2013), Catherine Young - ANU (2015) and Tom Hunt – University of Adelaide (2017)

To apply please respond in no more than one page why you should be considered for this prize, your response should include the following:

• What course of study you are undertaking or recently completed.

• What you aim to do in the future following your studies.

• What is it about birds that interests you?


Submit to by closing date 31 March 2019

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