Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Lochran Traill

Dr Lochran Traill

Telephone: 0151 231 2598


Lecturer in Conservation Biology

I was educated to Masters level in South Africa (Stellenbosch) and completed my PhD in Australia in 2009 (Adelaide). I held a Marie Curie Fellowship at Imperial College London (2011-13) and a more recent Carnegie Fellowship at the University of the Witwatersrand (2013-16).

My research focus centres on tropical conservation biology and ecology, with a strong interest in large mammal conservation in Africa and human-wildlife conflict. I maintain a formal affiliation (Hon Research Fellow) with the Centre for African Ecology at Wits University in South Africa, and have a field site in Botswana.

I have supervised a number of MSc and Honours students, and am module leader for the undergraduate programmes 'Animal Field Skills' and 'Contemporary Issues in Conservation.'


University of Adelaide, Australia, PhD


Journal Articles

Owen-Smith N, Traill LW. 2017. Space use patterns of a large mammalian herbivore distinguished by activity state: Fear versus food? Journal of Zoology, >DOI

Traill LW, Martin J, Owen-Smith N. 2016. Lion proximity, not moon phase, affects the nocturnal movement behaviour of zebra and wildebeest JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 299 :221-227 >DOI >Link

Schindler S, Gaillard J-M, Gruening A, Neuhaus P, Traill LW, Tuljapurkar S, Coulson T. 2015. Sex-specific demography and generalization of the Trivers-Willard theory NATURE, 526 :249-+ >DOI >Link

Shoo LP, O'Mara J, Perhans K, Rhodes JR, Runting RK, Schmidt S, Traill LW, Weber LC, Wilson KA, Lovelock CE. 2014. Moving beyond the conceptual: specificity in regional climate change adaptation actions for biodiversity in South East Queensland, Australia REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE, 14 :435-447 >DOI >Link

Nuzzo MC, Traill LW. 2014. What 50 years of trophy records illustrate for hunted African elephant and bovid populations AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 52 :250-253 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, Schindler S, Coulson T. 2014. Demography, not inheritance, drives phenotypic change in hunted bighorn sheep PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 111 :13223-13228 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, Schindler S, Coulson T. 2014. Reply to Hedrick et al.: Trophy hunting influences the distribution of trait values through demographic impacts PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 111 :E4811-E4811 >DOI >Link

Frankham R, Brook BW, Bradshaw CJA, Traill LW, Spielman D. 2013. 50/500 rule and minimum viable populations: response to Jamieson and Allendorf TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 28 :187-188 >DOI >Link


Traill LW, Brook BW. 2011. An aggregative response of the tropical Australian magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata) to seasonal floodplains JOURNAL OF TROPICAL ECOLOGY, 27 :171-180 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, Perhans K, Lovelock CE, Prohaska A, McFallan S, Rhodes JR, Wilson KA. 2011. Managing for change: wetland transitions under sea-level rise and outcomes for threatened species DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS, 17 :1225-1233 >DOI >Link

Brook BW, Bradshaw CJA, Traill LW, Frankham R. 2011. Minimum viable population size: not magic, but necessary TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 26 :619-620 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, Brook BW, Frankham RR, Bradshaw CJA. 2010. Pragmatic population viability targets in a rapidly changing world BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION, 143 :28-34 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, White W, Smith J. 2010. Trapping methods for tropical waterfowl Corella, 34 :17-20

Traill LW, Bradshaw CJA, Brook BW. 2010. Satellite telemetry and seasonal movements of Magpie Geese (Anseranas semipalmata) in tropical northern Australia EMU, 110 :160-164 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, Lim MLM, Sodhi NS, Bradshaw CJA. 2010. Mechanisms driving change: altered species interactions and ecosystem function through global warming JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 79 :937-947 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, Bradshaw CJA, Delean S, Brook BW. 2010. Wetland conservation and sustainable use under global change: a tropical Australian case study using magpie geese ECOGRAPHY, 33 :818-825 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, Bradshaw CJA, Field HE, Brook BW. 2009. Climate Change Enhances the Potential Impact of Infectious Disease and Harvest on Tropical Waterfowl BIOTROPICA, 41 :414-423 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, Whitehead PJ, Brook BW. 2009. How will climate change affect plant-herbivore interactions? A tropical waterbird case study EMU, 109 :126-134 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, Bigalke RC. 2007. A presence-only habitat suitability model for large grazing African ungulates and its utility for wildlife management AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 45 :347-354 >DOI >Link

Traill LW, Bradshaw CJA, Brook BW. 2007. Minimum viable population size: A meta-analysis of 30 years of published estimates BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION, 139 :159-166 >DOI >Link

Brook BW, Traill LW, Bradshaw CJA. 2006. Minimum viable population sizes and global extinction risk are unrelated ECOLOGY LETTERS, 9 :375-382 >DOI >Link

Bradshaw CJA, Traill LW, Wertz KL, White WH, Gurry IM. 2005. Chemical immobilisation of wild banteng (Bos javanicus) in northern Australia using detomidine, tiletamine and zolazepam AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY JOURNAL, 83 :616-617 >DOI >Link

Traill LW. 2004. Seasonal utilization of habitat by large grazing herbivores in semi-arid Zimbabwe SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE RESEARCH, 34 :13-24 >Link

Engagement & Impact

Editorial boards:

Publication: Endangered Species Research, Position: Review Editor

Publication: African Journal of Wildlife Research, Position: Associate Editor