Gay has over 20 years’ experience asisiting natural resource managers meet their planning, management and conservation goals.

She worked with pastoralists on Cape York Peninsula to reverse the decline of open grassy woodlands that have high conservation and pastoral values to development of fire and grazing management guidelines. She undertook similar collaborative work with landholders for Glossy Black-Cockatoo conservation.

She led the development of

  • The research plan to inform Natural Resource Management across northern Australia (2014)
  • Meat and Livestock Australia’s 10-year Research, Development and Engagement Plan to improve fire management on northern grazing lands (2013)
  • Queensland Government’s $10M Reef Policy Science Program to inform best practice cane farming and cattle grazing and prioritise investment in research gaps (2010-2011)
  • Northern Territory's 2010-2015 Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan

She is currently working with Natural Resource Management groups and Regional Development Australia to identify their research priorities and the best processes for delivering them.





  • Biogeography
  • Conservation Biology
  • Fire
  • Pastoral management
  • Natural Resource Management knowledge and adoption
  • 2014 to present - NRM project officer, Charles Darwin University (Atherton)
  • 2012 to present - Director, Gabriel Crowley Consulting (Atherton)
  • 2013 to 2014 - NRM project officer, The Cairns Institute (Atherton)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Reef Protection Package Science program Manager, Department of Environment and Heritage (Brisbane)
  • 2010 to 2011 - nowledge and adoption officer, Charles Darwin University (Darwin)
  • 2005 to 2010 - Biodiversity Officer, Tropical Savannas CRC (Darwin)
Research Disciplines
  • 2008 - D.L. Serventy Medal for outstanding contributions to publication in the field of ornithology in the Australasian region

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 26+ research outputs authored by Dr Gabriel Crowley from 2004 onwards.


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