Nevil Amos

Nevil is closely affiliated with the EAS group, and works collaboratively with us many projects for DELWP.  Nevil has worked for the agency and its antecedents for many years, and throughout his career he has been engaged in a range of biodiversity
planning and policy roles. He has an excellent understanding and passionate interest in the ecology of Victoria’s natural systems. This interest and diversity of work has given Nevil an deep understanding of the difficulties in balancing the needs of natural system management, meeting a diverse range of community expectations, and the development of policy.

Nevil took leave from the Department to undertake a PhD in functional connectivity and landscape genetics of birds with Professor Paul Sunnucks at Monash University. In addition Nevil holds a B.A. (Hons) in Zoology (Oxford), and MSc in Conservation (University College, London).

Nevil works with other EAS researchers in the development, production and quality assurance of species distribution models.  He is also highly competent with tools such as Zonation, that facilitate spatial conservation planning across the State.



Amos JN, Harrisson KA, Radford JQ, White M, Newell G, Mac Nally R, Sunnucks P and Pavlova A. (2014). Species- and sex-specific connectivity effects of habitat fragmentation in a suite of woodland birds. Ecology 95:1556–1568

Harrisson KA, Pavlova A, Amos JN, Radford JQ, and Sunnucks P. (2014). Does reduced mobility through fragmented landscapes explain patch extinction patterns for three honeyeaters? J Anim Ecol 83:616-627.

Amos JN., Balasubramaniam S, Grootendorst L, Harrisson KA, Lill A, Mac Nally R, Pavlova A, Radford JQ, Takeuchi N, Thomson JR, and Sunnucks. (2013). Little evidence that condition, stress indicators, sex ratio, or homozygosity are related to landscape or habitat attributes in declining woodland birds. Journal of Avian Biology 44: 45-54.

Balasubramaniam S., Mulder RA, Sunnucks P, Pavlova A, Amos JN and Melville J. (2013). Prevalence and diversity of avian haematozoa in three species of Australian passerine. Emu 113(4), 353-358.

Harrisson KA, Pavlova A, Amos JN, Takeuchi N, Lill A, Radford JQ, and Sunnucks P. (2013). Disrupted fine-scale population processes in fragmented landscapes despite large-scale genetic connectivity for a widespread and common cooperative breeder: the superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus). J Anim Ecol.

Pavlova A., Amos JN, Joseph L, Loynes K, Austin JJ, Keogh JS, Stone GN, Nicholls JA, and Sunnucks P. (2013). Perched at the mito-nuclear crossroads: divergent mitochondrial lineages correlate with environment in the face of ongoing nuclear gene flow in an Australian bird. Evolution 67:3412-3428.

Amos JN, A. F. Bennett, R. Mac Nally, G. Newell, J. Q. Radford , A. Pavlova, J. Thompson, M. White, and P. Sunnucks. (2012). Predicting landscape genetic consequences of habitat loss, fragmentation and mobility for multiple species of woodland birds. PLoS ONE 7:e30888.

Harrison K, Pavlova A, Amos JN, Takeuchi, N. Lill A, Radford J and Sunnucks P. (2012). Fine-scale effects of habitat loss and fragmentation despite large-scale gene flow for some regionally declining woodland bird species. Landscape Ecology: 1-15.

Pavlova A, Amos JN, Goretskaia MI, Beme IR, Buchanan K, Takeuchi N, Radford JQ, and Sunnucks P. (2012).  Genes and song: genetic and social connections in fragmented habitat in a woodland bird with limited dispersal. Ecology 93(7) 1717-27 doi:

Mansergh I, Anderson H and Amos N. (2006) Victoria’s living natural capital decline and replenishment 1800-2050 (Part 2) The New Millennium: replenishment. Victorian Naturalist 123 (5) 288-313.

Mansergh I, Anderson H and Amos N. (2006). Victoria’s living natural capital decline and replenishment 1800-2050 (Part 1). Victorian Naturalist 123 (1) 4-28.

Amos N (2004). Standard criteria for sites of biological significance in Victoria. Department of Sustainability and Environment, East Melbourne. (60pp).

Amos N and Berwick, S. (1998) Goulburn-Broken CMA region: regional vegetation plan; principles & framework for priority setting. (Report for DNRE PFF to the CMA).

Cooke BD, McColl KA and Amos N (1996). Epidemiology of rabbit calicivirus disease in experimental populations of wild rabbits, Oryctolagus cuniculus (L.), on Wardang Island, South Australia. Final Report to the Proponent Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Rabbit Calicivirus Program (Project CS236) Meat Research Corporation, Sydney.

Amos JN, Kirkpatrick, J, and Giese, M, (1993) Conservation of Biodiversity, Ecological Integrity and Ecologically Sustainable Development. ACF/WWF ESD Policy Unit, Melbourne. (120 pp)

Amos JN. (1992) Making Conservation Comprehensive. Habitat 20 (1):6-11.

Anderson, T, Berry AJ, Amos JN and Cook JM. (1988) Spool-and-line tracking of the New Guinea spiny bandicoot.  Echimipera kalubu (Marsupalia Peramelidae). J. Mamm 69:114-120.

Stone GS, Amos JN, Stone T, Knight RL, Gay H and Parrott F. (1988) Thermal effects on activity patterns and behavioural switching in a concourse of foragers on Stachytarpheta mutabilis (Verbenaceae) in Papua New Guinea. Oecologia 77:56-63.

Berry AJ, Anderson T, Amos JN and Cook JM.(1987). Spool-and-line tracking of giant rats in New Guinea. J. Zool. 213:299-303.