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Born in Sydney
University of QLD
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Honours Degree - Reproductive ecology / success of the Brush Tailed Rock-Wallaby, Petrogale penicillata.
I started a Bachelor of Environmental Biology at the University of Technology, Sydney, in 2000. At the end of my 2nd year, however, I decided to transfer up to Brisbane and the University of QLD where I could focus more on my interests in terrestrial ecology and zoology. At UQ, I also completed an Honours degree which looked at pouch young survival and reproductive success in the brush-tailed rock-wallaby.
After graduating, I decided to travel overseas and work on various research projects. I started in South Africa where I worked on a project studying male - male interactions of the Augrabies Flat Lizard. I then travelled up to the north of Namibia (Etosha National Park) to help a researcher study the endangered Black-faced Impala. The last project I worked on was in the Rocky Mountains, Arizona, where we studied the reproductive success and ecology of numerous high altitude bird species.
Back in Australia, I worked for a few months with Northern Territory Fisheries in Darwin before starting the graduate program with DEH.
Vegetation Policy Section, Land, Water and Coasts Division
The section leads Australian Government policy on a range of national biodiversity conservation issues, including: protection of Australia's native vegetation; DEH input on land clearing controls in the management of Tasmanian forests; revision of the National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity; biodiversity aspects of adaptation to climate change; national approaches to firewood collection; and has a major role in protecting Australian biodiversity from weeds.
While working with the Vegetation Policy Section, I was involved in drafting a website and undertaking a literature review focusing on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity.
Referrals Section, Approvals and Wildlife Division
This section is responsible for administering and assessing development proposals referred for consideration of environmental significance under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).
I found this rotation excellent. I worked as a line officer in the section where I was responsible for the analysis, assessment and consultation of a range of proposals referred under the EPBC Act. The proposals referred to the section were variable, including offshore exploration, residential and commercial developments, port works, tourism development, mining etc. Working here gave me an excellent, albeit brief, insight into the administration of the EPBC Act. I strongly recommend working here!
Environmental Research and Information, Natural Resources Information Section (ERIN NRI), Policy Coordination Division.
The ERIN NRI Section is responsible for providing management, analysis and delivery of environmental information to meet various needs of the Department. Specific functions within ERIN NRI include: newly listed species and threatened ecological communities mapping; referrals / assessment / compliance mapping; national vegetation mapping and database management; and numerous environmental information requirements across the Department.
I was involved in a project which is aiming to identify Commonwealth environmental priority regions within Australia. I also got a bit of GIS experience.
Planning, Review and Evaluation Section (PRES), Approvals and Wildlife Division (AWD)
PRES pursues strategic regional planning initiatives with local and State processes to assist and support the AWD decision making process. The aim is to find new and innovative ways of achieving the objectives of the EPBC Act. The key defining element of this approach is that it is focusing on selected 'regions' and developing a policy position for all matters of National Environmental Significance in that region. Currently, PRES is engaged in four regions: Mission Beach and Magnetic Island, Queensland; Greater Geelong, Victoria; and, Bunbury/Busselton, Western Australia. The development of strategic regional plans is a collaborative effort involving all relevant areas of the Division and the Department (such as those responsible for World Heritage, Ramsar and other protected matters).
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'