Our staff

Dr Melissa Bruton
Dr Melissa Bruton
Mornington-Marion DownsYampi Sound Training Area
Wildlife Ecologist
Special skills / qualifications
PhD UQ (Reptile distributions in regenerating landscapes)
B Sc Hons UQ (Ecophysiology)
B Sc UQ (Zoology & Wildlife Biology)
What did you do before AWC?
Ecological Consultant (Qld)
Research Assistant (Goannas at Oombulgurri)
AWC volunteer (Wongalara, Piccaninny Plains)
Favourite animal protected by AWC
Anything scaly and lacking limbs
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
1. Rainforests of Yampi
2. Upper Wenlock River, Piccaninny Plains
3. Charnley River, Artesian Range
4. Lost City, Wongalara
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
Inland Taipan (seen)
Bengal Tiger (seen)
Rough-scaled Python (would like to see)
If you could visit any three places on the planet
Pantanal, Brazil
Volcanoes of Iceland
Other interesting stuff
In other lives, I’ve played sport for Australia, been a bellydancer, and worked as a fine-dining waitress.