Since I first watched The Flying Doctors in my early teens I’ve been committed to a life of dusty wide open spaces. My early 20s were a blend of ecology at the University of Edinburgh and visits to Australia as often as time/money allowed.
I moved to Australia permanently in 2006 and spent a couple of years working with my partner Pete as warden at BirdLife Australia’s Broome Bird Observatory, where the wildlife bounces off the spectacular backdrop of Roebuck Bay.
While in Broome I became interested in community development and moved to Alice Springs and the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), which works with Indigenous communities to develop sustainable livelihoods. CAT does fantastic work and I learnt a lot during my time there but realised that my heart lay in ecology.
I reacquainted myself with Elliott trapping, pitfall trapping and plants (not that I was particularly capable in this regard in the first place) while working at Low Ecological Services, an ecological consultancy based in Alice Springs, before moving to Ballarat to begin a PhD at the University of Melbourne’s Creswick campus in 2010.
I submitted my thesis in 2014 and I'm currently working as a Research Fellow at Creswick. Dusty wide open spaces are thin on the ground around here, but life in Australia generally lives up to my teenage dreams.
I still enjoy returning to England for: