Dr Peter M Heise-Pavlov aka ‘Piggy’
When you visit the Daintree Discovery Centre keep an eye open for our resident rainforest ecologist, Dr Peter M Heise-Pavlov.
Peter can often be found on the Aerial Walkway or the Canopy Tower talking to people identifying special poins of interest or explaining why this section of the Daintree Rainforest is so important. Peter also does short talks at the Interpretive Display Centre; on birds, bugs, butterflies … and even feral pests.
Like all our staff, Peter has first hand knowledge of the Rainforest; especially the wildlife. He has lived and worked in the area since moving to Queensland to do his Ph D Degree on feral pig ecology in 1981 and has a million and one interesting stories to tell.
In 1991, his studies focused on feral pigs in the wet tropical lowland rainforest of North Eastern Queensland. This continued for the next 18 years. During this time he also spent 2 years doing important research on the management of the iconic Cassowary.
Peter’s love of the rainforest and his commitment to its long term sustainability is well known, but it is his work on feral pigs for which he is internationally renowned.
Dr Heise-Pavlov has published widely and maintains close contact with European Researchers in England, Freance, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, and most recently Cyprus. He has developed a keen interest in the potential threats to the biodiversity of the area, in particular, the management of urban stray cats.
Peter’s understanding of rainforest ecology and taxonomy in the Daintree is outstanding. He loves sharing his knowledge and expertise with others and we are very fortunate to have someone like Peter as part of the Discovery Centre team.
If you meet him you won’t miss him! Dr Peter M Heise-Pavlov is a real character and is always ready to have a chat.