BSc Zoology (University of Queensland) w/ Honours in Conservation Biology (University of Western Australia)
What did you do before AWC?
I studied Western Ring-tail possums (determining their age using tooth wear and cementum evaluation) for my honours project.
I then spent some time killing and mapping weeds in Central Queensland at Shoalwater Bay military training area, before completing my AWC internship in the South-West. Before starting as a field ecologist with AWC I had a brief stint as a koala wrangler on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. I was a field officer part of a long running koala sterilisation/management program.
Favourite animal protected by AWC
Banded Hare Wallaby
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
The Gimlet and Salmon gum woodlands at Gibbo, or swimming with the shovel-nosed rays on any of Faure’s beaches.
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
I would love to see Komodo Dragons, Orcas and swim with manatees.
If you could visit any three places on the planet
Mongolia, Israel (desert hiking and diving in the Red Sea) and scuba diving in Flores (Indonesia).
Other interesting stuff
I have my complex tree climbing ticket and used it to catch koalas on Kangaroo Island. The koalas were (understandably) quite hostile about having human visitors in their trees, which made it pretty difficult to get them down.