Australian Institute of Alpine Studies

dr Andrew Growcock

Andrew Growcock


NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (DECCW OEH)



contact details

Planning, Evaluation and Assessment Team, NPWS, PO Box 1967, Hurstville BC NSW 1481, Australia, Tel: (02) 9585 6595

research interests


Growcock, A.J., Sutherland, E.F. and Stathis, P.T. (2009). Challenges and experiences in implementing a management effectiveness evaluation program in a protected area system. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 16(4): 218-219

Pickering, C.P. & Growcock, A. (2009). Impacts of experimental trampling on tall alpine herbfields and subalpine grasslands in the Australian Alps. Journal of Environmental Management. 91(2): 532-540

Stathis, P., Sutherland, E. and Growcock, A. (2008). Effectively managing management effectiveness. Australian Protected Areas Congress (Queensland – November 2008)

Growcock, A.J. (2006) "Impacts of camping and trampling on Australian alpine and subalpine vegetation and soils.” PhD Thesis, Griffith University Gold Coast. Available online at:

Growcock, A.J., Pickering, C.M. and Johnston, S.W. (2006) Trampling after Landscape level disturbance: Impacts on subalpine vegetation and soils in the Australian Alps. The third international conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas.

Scherrer, P. & Growcock, A. (2006) Managing visitor impacts in the Australian Alps: a case study in informal track development and track recovery. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 97. WIT Press.

Johnston, S.W. and Growcock, A.J. (2005). Visiting the Kosciuszko alpine area: visitor numbers, characteristics and activities. Sustainable Tourism Co-operative Research Centre Technical Report

Growcock, A. J., C. M. Pickering, and S. W. Johnston. (2004). Walking on ashes: short-term impacts of experimental trampling on soils after bushfire. Victorian Naturalist 121: 199 - 206

Growcock, A. (1999) Ski Industry Development in Kosciuszko National Park: A Comparison of Slope Hydrology. Graduate Diploma Thesis. Australian National University, Canberra.

current research or projects

One of my key projects is coordinating the NSW State of the Parks project. Around the world, protected area managers are seeking to monitor and evaluate the condition of and pressures on protected areas, and to ascertain how effectively these areas are being managed. This information is vital for park managers to learn from past practices and inform future management. The NSW State of the Parks program provides a systematic approach to meeting this challenge.

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