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Katherine

Home State

Melbourne

University

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)

Degree/s

Monash University

Background

Born and bred in Melbourne, my city upbringing didn't preclude me from developing an obsessive curiosity for nature. 'Naturally' I took on a degree in Environmental Science, with majors in Conservation Biology and Geography. Field studies as part of my degree took me to many beautiful parts of Victoria and beyond, including the desert surrounding Broken Hill, the Great Barrier Reef, and the cultural landscape of the Cinque Terre in Italy. Between semesters I travelled to Ecuador, where I spent two months on the Galapagos Islands and in the cloud forests of the mainland volunteering on conservation projects, backpacked through Europe and road-tripped across New Zealand. My honours year was half spent with my eyes glued to a pair of binoculars (and half spent with my eyes glued to a computer screen), assessing the success of restored vegetation for supporting viable bird populations in the Box Ironbark region of Victoria, using birds' breeding behaviour as an indicator. After completing my honours degree in early 2007 I had a short stint with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries working on climate change policy, then shot off for a break in India before moving to Canberra to begin the DEWHA graduate program.

First Placement

Natural Heritage Assessment Section (Heritage Division)

Here I assisted with aspects of preparation for the Australian Government's World Heritage nomination for Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range and contributed to other natural heritage assessments. This included:

Second Placement

Australian National Botanic Gardens (Parks Australia)

Here I managed the development of a new Indigenous Plant Use trail for the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This involved extensive research into traditional and contemporary uses of Australian native plants, which opened my eyes to the wide utility of Australia's flora, the depth and diversity of Indigenous culture in Australia and the value of Indigenous ecological knowledge. I also had the opportunity to meet with various members of the local and wider Australian Indigenous community in developing a concept for the trail. By the end of my rotation I had produced a project plan for the new trail, written interpretive signage and a brochure and fact sheet. I also produced a short document putting forth recommendations for improving the Australian National Botanic Gardens' connection with the Indigenous community.

Third Placement

Recovery Planning and Implementation (Approvals and Wildlife Division)

The Recovery Planning and Implementation section is charged with:

Final Placement

Recovery Planning and Implementation (Approvals and Wildlife Division)

I have been lucky enough to stay with the Recovery Planning and Implementation section for my final placement. My duties will include coordinating recovery planning for Tasmanian threatened species and ecological communities, planning the development of a monitoring system for threatened species and ecological communities, and contributing to strategic recovery planning issues.

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