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Darren

Darren

Home State

Queensland

University

Queensland University of Technology
James Cook University

Degrees

AssDip AppSc, 1989
BAppSc, 1993
MSc, 2002

Thesis/Research

Determining the environmental factors that influence the distribution of seabird breeding on the Great Barrier Reef

Background story

I have always had a keen interest in Australia's natural environment, and especially its wildlife. This interest led me to studies in the biological sciences, in particular, ecology, zoology and marine biology.

As often happens, my studies did not immediately lead onto employment in my chosen field. My journey to the Department has taken me to positions in the ecotourism industry based in Queensland's Lamington National Park and on the Great Barrier Reef; to employment with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries helping to eradicate an exotic agricultural pest; and opportunities to work in Indigenous education. All of these positions were rewarding and challenging in their own way. They have offered me the chance to work in World Heritage Wilderness areas, to be part of a community effort and to assist Indigenous students to achieve educational and personal goals. While these experiences have given me fulfilment at a local community level, I feel that the graduate program will give me the opportunity to contribute towards making a difference to Australia's environment on a greater, national scale.

Graduate rotations and responsibilities

1. Sustainable Industries and Atmosphere Division/Industry Partnerships Branch/Environmental Stewardship Team.

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