Felicity Bradshaw (Keynote)
Ms Felicity Bradshaw AM MSc, has been involved in biological sciences for all her professional life, either learning it, teaching it or researching it. She now shares its methods, as a CSIRO STEM Professional in Schools with Primary School students, helping them to understand their natural world. Felicity has entered many classrooms, translating current biological research into something accessible to teachers and young children, whilst maintaining the integrity of the science. As a recent participant in a two-way science program for Aboriginal desert schools, Felicity is extending this understanding to work with Balardong people in their desire for educational improvement in their children.
Rachel Standish (Keynote)
Rachel Standish is an Associate Professor of Ecology at Murdoch University. She is passionate about the application of science to ecological restoration and inspiring the next generation of ecologists to pursue careers in environmental science and conservation. She has been involved with the Roe 8 Rehabilitation project since its inception, providing scientific advice, and designing student-led research projects to provide data to monitor Roe 8 recovery and to give undergraduate students real-world learning opportunities. Her work was showcased on an episode of Gardening Australia in 2019. Rachel sits on the Roe 8 Rehabilitation Advisory Committee and the Perth Urban Restoration Scientific Advisory Committee
Kit Prendergast is a native bee scientist and conservation biologist, dedicated to promoting evidence-based actions to preserve indigenous native bees. She earned a Forrest Scholarship for her Ph.D. research documenting native bee biodiversity in the southwest Western Australian biodiversity hotspot. She created a Facebook group 'Bees in the burbs' which now has almost 8.5K members, and has conducted citizen science projects to engage the community to care about native bees and ensure that there are thriving bee communities. Kit was awarded the Flow Hive Pollinator Support Program, Graduate Women WA Mary Walters Bursary, Australian Wildlife Society University Student Grants Scheme and the Ecological Society of Australia’s Outstanding Outreach Prize, and was a FameLab Australia finalist. She’s been invited to speak at community events and has published several scholarly articles. Kit has also written the popular book 'Creating a Haven for Native Bees.' When she's not out among the bees and flowers she is spending time with her dog, bunny and birds, or tumbling about doing acrobatics as a circus performer.
Julian is an environmental scientist with over 20 years’ experience working in the environmental consulting sector. Over the past 15 years he has been the Managing and Technical Director of Astron, Western Australia’s largest independently owned environmental consultancy. He is also the Founder and CEO of Emapper, an environmental data and analytics platform which uses drones, satellite imagery and IoT sensors to monitor environmental outcomes.
Angela Sanders and Tina Parkhurs
Angela Sanders - The south coast of WA has been home to Angela since the early 1990s and she has worked as an Ecologist during that time. Angela has been an integral part of macro-corridor planning and development and was a founder member of the Gondwana Link project. She is currently working for Bush Heritage on the very challenging task of restoring fauna habitat on farmland in the Monjebup area, SW of Jerramungup. The design and implementation of an ecological monitoring program and incorporating adaptive management form a large part of her current role.
Tom Mansfield is undertaking a PhD in ecology at Murdoch University. His research focuses on the effects of Phytophthora dieback on bandicoot habitats and fungal food sources. He completed an honours in 2019 studying native root fungi and received First Class Honours, enabling him to engage in a PhD the following year. He is looking to publish that research in 2021. Tom is interested in native fungi and the ecology around them, and as such, has tailored his research towards learning more about them. In his spare time, he enjoys getting in touch with nature through hiking, gardening, and bird watching.
Ben Miller and Russell Miller
Degradation or Restoration? Interactions between prescribed burning and weed management in urban bushlands