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Fiona works for Aboriginal people and organisations in cross-cultural contexts. After a science degree in Zoology she learnt from Martu about bush foods, ngurra (Country) and 1980s outstation life. She contributed to the successful Martu Native Title Determination. Her PhD is in Botany and Anthropology. Mparntwe / Alice Springs is her home of 30 years. She was a CSIRO Scientist and, following the closure of CSIRO Alice Springs laboratory, now works an independent consultant Ethnoecologist. She has co-written many chapters, books, reports. She also works as a photographer and film-maker with media effective in cross-cultural and intergenerational communication. The desert people and termite research has received two minor funding awards. It is largely unpaid but motivated by respect for Aboriginal people and their knowledge and desert landscapes.


  • –present
    Ethnoecologist, The University of Western Australia


  • 2009 
    The University of Western Australia, Ph.D. (Anthropology and Plant Biology), M.Sc. Prelim. (Botany), B.Sc. (Zoology)