I am a freelance ecologist, educator and writer based in far north Queensland, Australia. I offer small scale ecological research and monitoring, customised education and training and content writing services tailored to clients’ needs. Focused particularly on meeting the needs of community groups and not-for-profit organisations, I provide a range of cost-effective services from one-off engagements to regular assignments.
I grew up in New Zealand where I undertook my university education gaining an MSc (Hons) in Resource Management, Post-graduate diploma in Museum Studies and PhD in Animal Ecology. I worked in a variety of roles; as a Scientific Observer on foreign fishing vessels, for the Department of Conservation where I first became involved in ecological restoration, and as a natural history curator, before moving to Australia in 1997.
Since 1997 I have lived and worked in Queensland’s Wet Tropics, initially with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, then joining study abroad organisation The School for Field Studies where I taught across subject areas and later served as Centre Director for a total of 15 years.
I seek opportunities to use my skills working on projects that make a positive difference to threatened species and the ecological communities they depend on, whether directly through research and monitoring, or indirectly through education and communication.
Adjunct Researcher, Environmental Futures Research Centre, Griffith University
Honorary Research Fellow, The School for Field Studies.
Ecological Society of Australia
Australian Bird Study Association
local natural history/environmental organisations.
I contribute time and skills to local citizen science projects and assist rainforest restoration efforts through independent research.