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Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

Dr Katherine Tuft is Chief Executive of Arid Recovery, an independent not-for-profit running pioneering conservation science to help threatened species thrive across the Australian outback. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide and has a background in conservation research and management.

She completed a PhD in ecology of rock-wallabies in NSW and spent six years living in the remote Kimberley working to understand and reverse the failing fortunes of mammals in northern Australia. Now at Arid Recovery,
she manages Australia’s largest predator-proof fenced reserve and a centre for conservation research on arid ecosystem restoration and threatened species recovery.

Kath is a founding member of Team Kowari, a deputy member of the Pastoral Board in South Australia, and a member of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy's Scientific Advisory Panel.


  • 2016–2024
    Chief Executive, Arid Recovery
  • 2023–2024
    Deputy Member, Pastoral Board of South Australia
  • 2019–2024
    Treasurer, Team Kowari
  • 2015–2016
    Regional Ecologist, Australian Wildlife Conservancy
  • 2010–2014
    Wildlife Ecologist, Australian Wildlife Conservancy