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Board Members (2019-20)

President: Kylie Soanes

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Kylie is the Chapter President, and a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her research investigates creative and practical ways to conserve biodiversity in urban environments.

Research blog: https://lifeontheverge.net

Vice President: Roan Plotz

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Roan is a Lecturer of Environmental Science at Victoria University with multidisciplinary research interests and experiences across conservation, ecology, traditional knowledge and climatology. Until recently, Roan has been lead scientist on a Pacific Aid Program, working closely with several Pacific Island Meteorological Services to increase community resilience by incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge into climate products. For his PhD, Roan has also tracked the critically endangered black rhino on foot to gather data that continues to support conservation decision-making for the species. Roan believes that greater collaboration between disciplines are needed to solve some of our greatest environmental challenges. Because of this his conservation interests are diverse, transdisciplinary and topical.

Treasurer: Matthew Selinske

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Matthew Selinske is a PhD candidate with the ICON Science Lab at RMIT University and his research focuses on conservation behaviour. Matthew is currently working on a range of projects including evaluating the social-psychological dimensions of private land conservation, prioritisation of biodiversity behaviours, conservation behaviour change and predictive modelling of human behaviour. You can find out more about Matthew’s work at matthewselinske.com and keeptothepath.com.

General Director: Lee Harrison

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Lee Harrison is an urban ecologist with an interest in integrating ecological theory into city strategy and operations. She has a background in ecological consulting and research, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of urban and linear infrastructure on wildlife. She believes management of novel ecosystems requires novel thinking.

General Director: Tim Doherty

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Tim Doherty is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University. He conducts applied research aiming to inform conservation policy and management, specialising in disturbance ecology, predator-prey dynamics and invasive species. He is also Secretary of SCB Oceania.

General Director: Paul Ferraro

Paul’s interest in nature and conservation grew from a childhood spent exploring the wilds of East Gippsland. Over his career, Paul has trained and worked as a molecular ecologist, spent close to ten years in the Science Department at Melbourne Museum, went back to university to see if it was as fun as he remembered and now works with Trust for Nature, one of Australia’s oldest conservation organisations.

General Director: Billy Gearybilly-geary-2016.jpg

Billy is an ecologist and PhD student at at the Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University. Billy is mostly interested in how ecological interactions can be harnessed to improve ecosystem management, and how research is translated into biodiversity policy.

Committee Members (2019-20)

Conservation officer: Christine Connelly

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Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities, College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
Christine is a Lecturer in Environmental Science at Victoria University with a passion for getting everyone and anyone involved in nature conservation. She’s especially interested in using citizen science in conservation and working with local communities to restore landscape connectivity.

Social media: Holly Kirk

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Holly is an animal ecologist working at RMIT, University of Melbourne and BirdLife Australia. She is particularly interested in how animals move through their environments and using this knowledge to inform conservation. Holly is currently applying movement ecology theory to both seabird conservation and tools to help design better cities for nature.
You can find out more here: https://natureonthebrain.wordpress.com/

Social media: Elodie Camprasse

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Elodie is a casual academic at Deakin University, who also works as Outreach and Events Manager at Remember The Wild, and Emergency Response Operator at Wildlife Victoria.
She did a PhD in seabird ecology at Deakin University and is now interested in studying human-wildlife conflicts to inform urban planning. She also has a keen interest in science communication and nature connection.
Cultural officer: Roan Plotz
Events planning: Linda Riquelme
Conservation social science committee: Matthew Selinske and Emily Gregg
Institutional reps: Kat Selwood (Zoos Victoria), Roan Plotz (Victoria University)

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