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Ben

Ben

Home State

Queensland

University

The University of Queensland

Degrees

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Background

Following high school, I completed a Bachelor or Science in Zoology and Ecology and then an Honours degree in behavioural ecology. My Honours research on Satin Bowerbirds involved spending a few months in the subtropical Bunya Mountains where I conducted several field-based experiments and collected important information about the natural history of this species. During university I volunteered on a variety of research projects from censuses of spot-tailed quolls and montane frogs to trapping rock wallabies and assisting in a coral physiology laboratory.

Having a passion for research, after Honours I headed to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico where I spent several months as a field assistant on an ecological project. At the conclusion of this project and some general travelling around Europe I headed to Canberra to join the grad program.

Through the Department graduate program I have been able to experience many aspects of environmental conservation and thus broaden my understanding of environmental protection in Australia.

First placement

Marine Division, Marine Conservation Branch, Marine Strategies and Programs Section

Most of my work in this section was focussed around the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Structural Adjustment Package (the package). My principle involvement related to:

As well as the technical aspects of the department's work in which I have been involved, my first rotation has challenged me with a steep learning curve regarding the opportunities and challenges of being able to effectively use my scientific skills within a high level policy making and implementation environment.

Second placement

Approvals and Wildlife Division, Policy and Compliance Branch, Referrals Section

'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'