board members

img_8334 (2)Suz Everingham

President

PhD candidate, UNSW

Growing up, I didn’t enjoy spending time indoors and preferred being in the ocean or the bush. I was always inspired to learn the names and facts of the flowers and plants on bushwalks. This led me to a career in ecology. My research is in plant ecology, specifically, looking at the effects of climate change on native plant species. My research is attempting to quantify the plant morphological and physiological effects of recent anthropological climate changes on our species. I believe climate change will be one of the biggest effects on our species and we need to understand its impact before we can plan to protect our environment into the future.

 

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Meena Sritharan

Vice President

Honours Student, University of New South Wales

Nature holds the greatest source of both visual beauty and intellectual interest  – consequently powering my ever-growing passion for science. I have been greatly fascinated by nature at both a macroscopic and microscopic scale, leading me to study a bachelor of advanced science, majoring in ecology and microbiology.
Most of my spare time has been spent volunteering and working in various labs and in the field. This has led me to do some incredible work such as dissecting dozens of dusky hopping mice, measuring elephant seal whiskers, catching wallabies on camera traps, playing with plant defences and feeding lovely spiders all sorts of insect critters.
Currently, I am undertaking an honours project looking into whether our native Australian alpine plants have changed in morphology across time. I look forward towards a lifetime of research to come!

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Secretary

PhD Candidate, University of Sydney

As a child, I always preferred an episode from a David Attenborough series to cartoons. From adventuring in the local bushland, to rearing baby possums for WIRES, bush regeneration with Ryde Council, and volunteering for NPWS and the AWC, my curiosity and fascination for the natural world has only continued to grow. Studying a Bachelor of Sciences (Biological Sciences) at the University of Sydney led me to discover that my particular biological interest is pollination by mammals. In my Honours year, I found that alien black rats pollinate native banksias in the bushland around Sydney Harbour. Here, the rats are probably acting as replacements for native mammals that are locally extinct from the area. For my PhD, I am trying to tackle the conundrum of how to manage an alien species that might have both negative and positive roles in an ecosystem.In particular, I am trying to find out if there is a way to manage the population density of an alien so that its positive impacts are maximised and its negatives are minimised?

 

Lily van EedenLily Van Eeden

Treasurer

PhD Candidate, University of Sydney

I grew up among the kookaburras and kangaroos in a small town on the outskirts of Melbourne. Being surrounded by nature led me to study ecology and then to work in environmental impact assessments, management and research for about seven years. From trapping prairie dogs in the rangelands of southern Utah, to hunting for badger poo in central China, I’ve had some incredible and diverse experiences that have helped shape my outlook on conservation on a global scale. These experiences have led me to diversify my approach, and I’ve returned to study a PhD that brings together social and political sciences to address environmental problems. Specifically, I investigate Australia’s relationship with the dingo and seek to find solutions to the conflict between dingoes and livestock production so that we may learn to coexist with our only top order predator. I’m particularly interested in this topic because dingoes play an important role in ecosystem regulation through suppression of kangaroos and invasive predators, so “rewilding” Australia by allowing the dingo to fulfill this role can facilitate holistic management that restores ecosystem balance at a landscape scale.

 

Stanley Tang

Stanley Tang

Events manager

Dr Stanley Tang is an ornithologist and amateur photographer and university student. His childhood dream was to become a scientist, making discoveries in the natural world. He realised that dream, obtaining a BSc in Bio-informatics, a MAppSc in Zoology and eventually a PhD in Environmental Sciences. He studied micro-organisms living in landfill in rural China; examined the foraging behaviour of the Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata) in Northern Australia and researched the genetic diversity of the endangered Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta) in dry woodlands of tropical Queensland.

Towards the end of his PhD studies, Stanley realised he did not want to become a scientist and decided to pursue his other passion, presently studying at the University of Sydney to become a secondary mathematics and science teacher.

 

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Rosie Steinberg

Communications officer

PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales

I grew up in a land locked desert state, so naturally I became a marine biologist. I visited the ocean in Mexico every year, and this instilled in me a deep sense of wonder and adventure with the sea. As a child I wanted to be a veterinarian, but as I learned more I realised that what I really wanted was to discover the mysteries of the natural world, and to use that knowledge to help protect and preserve the wild places around me. I am currently pursuing a PhD in marine restoration and biological engineering, and have previously worked on ecology and connectivity in an endemic anemonefish. I plan to eventually find a position in government to affect policy and education decisions that will not only help preserve the natural world, but beautify cities and promote the economic, emotional, and psychological welfare of the people who live in these places.

 

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Arc delegate

Honours Student, University of New South Wales

From the time I was five, I knew I wanted to be a scientist. Studying what though, I had no clue. I had always been drawn to animals, plants, and the environment, so that seemed like a clear progression for me. My research currently focuses on the dingo-human wildlife conflict in Australia, and working towards a non-lethal scent control tool that may simulate artificial territorial boundaries. At SCB, I have come across many like-minded, environmentally aware people, and feel enriched because of them.

 

Dominic Ruefenacht

Dominic Ruefenacht

Photographer

Research Associate, University of New South Wales

I’m a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at UNSW, where I am working in the field of Multimedia Signal Processing. I like to spend my free time out in the nature, exploring new places. As a landscape and wildlife photographer, I have a vested interest in conserving our beautiful planet. To see more of my work, please visit http://www.druefenacht.ch.

 

Sydney SCB Representatives

Picture1Stephanie Courtney Jones

Representative for University of Wollongong

PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

My interests lie in conservation, zoology and education. I am currently investigating the role of phenotypic variation in Captive Breeding Programs (CBPs). Whilst CBPs are having success with rearing of animals, there are induced changes in the morphology and behaviour of animals resulting in low survivorship and poor success in reintroductions. My project (using a multiple species approach) investigates techniques for manipulating the phenotype to reduce the adaptations to captivity and in turn to help improve CBPs and reintroduction success. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, hiking, snorkeling and photography.

 

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Matthew Kerr

Representative for Macquarie University

HDR Candidate, Macquarie University

Although organisms in rock have always interested me more than living ones, my interests lie in how we can use the fossil record to inform modern day conservation and coastal policy decisions. I warp together my classical training in geology and my recent ventures into biology as best I can – mostly so I still get to go fossil hunting. My current projects involve coastal management and the designation of marine protected areas based on gastropod distribution along the east coast of Australia, and how they have changed over the past million years.

As a brit, tea drinking and tea blending fills most of my spare time (although I have a not-so-secret passion for low-budget horror films from the 1970s…)

 

 

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Phoebe Meagher

Representative for Taronga Zoo

Pathology Assistant, Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Spending my holidays wading through rock pools on Kangaroo Island as child I developed a fascination for wildlife and the natural environment, particularly marine ecosystems and their inhabitants. I got my SCUBA ticket as soon as I was old enough and did all my work experience at aquariums and zoos. This lead onto a job as an Aquarist at Oceanworld in Manly, during which time I also embarked on my Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation) at Macquarie University. I went on to achieve first class honours for my genetic analysis of the critically endangered grey nurse shark (Carcharias Taurus) and investigating habitat preferences in the Praying mantid, Cuilfina Sp. I went on to work as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities (EICC) at Sydney University and gained invaluable experience in experimental design. After a year travelling the world working as Dive master in Thailand and volunteering with Orca whales in France, I came back to begin a PhD at Sydney University. I spent many nights on fishing trawlers investigating the Fishery Impact and Reproductive Biology of the Eastern shovelnose ray, Aptychotrema rostrata in NSW. I have a strong interest in science communication and worked with the Australian Museum developing science-based school programs as well as researching and writing stories for science radio. I now work at Taronga Zoo Wildlife Hospital in the Pathology Department, working closely with the research team to ensure Taronga’s role in wildlife conservation.

 

 

 

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