Main Research Interest
Olsen, P.(ed.)(1993). Australian Raptor Studies . Australasian Raptor Association, R.A.O.U.: Melbourne.
Olsen, P (1995). Australian Birds of Prey . University of New South Wales Press: Sydney & Johns Hopkins: Baltimore. 256 pp.
Olsen, P (1998). Australia's Pest Animals: New Solutions to Old Problems . Kangaroo Press, Sydney. 160 pp.
Olsen, P (2001). Feather and Brush: Three Centuries of Australian Bird Art . CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne. 227 pp.
Olsen, P. (1999). Twenty-one species accounts on the Australasian strigids. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. IV. Eds. Jurgen H. Haffer, Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal. Lynx: Barcelona.
Papers in refereed journals
Olsen, P.D. & Cockburn, A. (1993). Do large females lay small eggs?: sexual size dimorphism and the allometry of egg and clutch volume. Oikos 66: 447-453.
Olsen, P., Barry, S., Baker, G.B., Mooney, N., Cam, G. & Cam, A. (1998) Assortative mating in falcons: do big females pair with big males? J. Avian Biol. 29: 197-200.
Olsen, P., Doyle, V. & Boulet, M. (1998) Variation in male provisioning in relation to brood size in Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus. Emu 98: 297-304.
Norman, J., Olsen, P. & Christidis, L. (1998). Molecular genetics confirms taxonomic affinities of the endangered Norfolk Island Boobook Ninox novaeseelandiae undulata.
McDonald, PG, Olsen, P & Cockburn, A (2004). Weather dictates reproductive success and survival in the Australian Brown Falcon Falco berigora . J. Anim. Ecol. 73: 683-692.
McDonald, P.G., Olsen, P.D., & Cockburn, A. (2005) Selection on body size in a raptor with pronounced reversed sexual size dimorphism: is bigger better? Behavioral Ecology 16: 4-56.
Edwards, E.D., Cooney, S.J.N., Olsen, P.D., Garnett, S.T. 2007. A new species of Trisyntopa Lower (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae) associated with the nests of the hooded parrot (Psephotus dissimilis, Psittacidae) in the Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Entomology 46: 276-280.
Olsen, P, and Weston, M (2004). State of Australia's Birds 2004: Water, Wetlands and Birds . Wingspan 14 (4) supplement 24pp.
Debbie Saunders: Swift Parrot winter habitat identification
Stuart Cooney: The breeding ecology of the hooded parrot ( Psephotus dissimilis )
Robert Gosford: Ethno-biological source material for avian population histories: an assessment of material relevant to the avian populations of three central Australian Bioregions
Mark Boulet: Boulet, M. 1997. Parental resource allocation to offspring in the Peregrine Falcon. Honours thesis, ANU
Janet Gardner: Gardner, J.L. 2002. Social behaviour and breeding biology of the Speckled Warbler. PhD thesis, ANU
Tom Aumann: Aumann, T. 1999. Riparian raptor assemblages in the Australian arid zone. PhD thesis, ANU
Paul McDonald: McDonald, P. 2003. Reproductive success, dimorphism and sex allocation in the Brown Falcon Falco berigora. PhD thesis, ANU
Jill Shephard: Shephard, J.M. 2003. A multi-scale approach to defining historical and contemporary factors responsible for the current distribution of te White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster ( Gmelin, 1788) I Australia. PhD thesis, Griffith University
Member, Birds Australia Research & Conservation Committee which advises Birds Australia on research matters.
Consultant, Department of Environment & Heritage--adviser to Norfolk Island Owl recovery effort.
Member, representing Birds Australia, on NRA (Sustainable Resource and Conservation Standing Committee).