PhD Candidate, Australian National University & Research Assistant, Australian Research Council for Urban Ecology, Australian National University

I am currently conducting my doctoral research with the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Through my PhD I am combining multiple disciplinary approaches to explore how the ecological humanities and history can offer new perspectives on restoration and how the practice can strengthen relationships with places through change. In this work I am drawing on my natural and social science background and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques in urban and remote settings.

I am passionate about combining social and ecological science to explore relationships between people and place and am particularly interested in how different ways of interacting with the natural world, traditional knowledge systems, human values and ideas of nature influence conservation initiatives, and how environmental management practices do political work. I hold a Bachelor of Science and a first class honours degree in Geography from the University of Tasmania.

Prior to embarking on a PhD at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU, I worked for the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Melbourne City Council’s Urban Landscapes Branch and the School of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania. Outside of ANU I continue to be involved in a range of projects that broadly involve conservation in social and cultural settings, and in writing on place and the environment.

Experience

  • –present
    Research Assistant, Australian Research Council for Urban Ecology, University of Melbourne
  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Australian National University

Education

  • 2010 
    University of Tasmania, BSc (Hons)

Publications

  • 2015
    Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Personal encounters with trees: the lived significance of the private urban forest
  • 2013
    Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, Using size class distributions of species to deduce the dynamics of the private urban forest

Professional Memberships

  • Ecological Society of Australia