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Australian Capital Territory
Australian National University-undergraduate
University of Canberra-post-graduate
BSc Resource and Environmental Management, 1994
Honours Wildlife Ecology, 1996
PhD Wildlife Ecology, 2002
Honours-Ecology of hibernating mountain pygmy-possums in Kosciuszko National Park
Doctorate-Population ecology of wild horses in the Australian Alps
I grew up in Sydney and first moved to Canberra ten years ago to study Resource and Environmental Management at the ANU. My degree focused on wildlife management. I found plenty of time to explore the Snowy Mountains in my spare time in all seasons. After completing my degree I spent six months in Florida studying the mating systems of wild bottlenose dolphins at the Mote Marine Laboratory. It was great to be back in a coastal environment and the work was interesting, but I am not designed for the heat of a Florida summer. I decided to go for the other climatic extreme when I returned to Australia by establishing an honours project in the Snowy Mountains on the endangered mountain pygmy-possum. Following on from this I worked on a series of short-term wildlife research projects, including reviewing the effect of fire on fauna in the Australian Alps, surveys for the endangered long-footed potoroo, assessment of habitat for mountain pygmy-possums and a memorable stint studying the vulnerable elephant seals on Macquarie Island.
I was keen to do more long-term applied research and successfully secured funding for a doctoral study on the population ecology of wild horses in 1999. It was a fantastic experience working on such a topical species in a beautiful environment. I submitted my thesis for examination in December 2002.
1. Sustainable Industries and Atmosphere Division/Industry Partnerships Branch/Eco-Efficiency Unit.
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