I am an Ecologist, SuperstarofSTEM, 2018 Eureka Prize finalist for Science Communication and 2019 ACT Australian of the Year finalist.
I am an expedition leader at Bush Blitz - a species discovery program in partnership with Federal Government, BHP and Earthwatch Australia.
I've worked as an ecologist on research and restoration of critically endangered grassy woodlands. This work included reintroducing locally extinct species, such as the Eastern Bettong and Eastern Quoll. I developed highly successful education programs that focused on sharing science with policy makers, local community, early career researchers and students from preschool to university. Integral to the success of these programs was using 'real-life' scientists to deliver education activities.
I love inspiring people to be as passionate about the environment as I am. I welcome new opportunities and methods to connect with different audiences.
I grew up in country South Australia, taking an unlikely path to University, leaving school early and starting a five-year military career.
I have a PhD from the Australian National University that focused on the effective management of introduced species. This research was undertaken at the Fenner School of Environment and Society and was supervised by David Lindenmayer, Chris Tidemann and Jeff Wood. I used the common myna (Acridotheres tristis) as a case study to investigate invasion sequence, species impact (type and severity) and population dynamics of culled species. Check out my publications here.
In my spare time I enjoy podcasting, hiking and packrafting.
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