Meet the 2016 Outstanding Outreach Award winners:
Post-doctoral Fellow, La Trobe University, VIC
Amy investigates parental sex allocation in marsupials and how mammal mothers ‘choose’ the sex of their babies to maximise lifetime reproductive return.
Her main focus in outreach is increased involvement in science in schools, hosting programs such as the Tasmanian Youth Science forum (2016) and the Conoco-Phillips Science Experience (2016) for school children.
“My passion for science, animals and communication has taken me all over the world, opening up opportunities that I never would have dreamed possible.”
PhD student, University of Queensland, QLD
Marie’s PhD project questions how ecosystem services supply changes under different urban landscape scenarios.
In 2015, she was named Young Student Ambassador with the Wonder of Science (WOS) program, to promote science education within regional Queensland schools. Marie has also worked with the School of Distance Education, visiting remotely-based students on the Cape York Peninsula to talk science careers and ecology research.
“I am passionate about developing ecology-related projects for school students, and love being involved in scientific outreach. It’s a great way to communicate new ideas and discoveries to a wider audience, and encourage scientific thinking in students.”
Ravindra Palavalli Nettimi
Master of Science (Botany), University of Melbourne, VIC
Kate is a science communicator created from the mixing of science and fine art. Currently working with the Nature Conservancy ‘Solomon Islands Program’, Kate is developing communication resources for a newly established women’s conservation group.
While completing her Master course, she has also been working for Bush Heritage Australia and RMIT University’s Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group.
“Storytelling is in my blood. I have photographed phasmids, filmed scientists, interviewed volunteers, and profiled honey possums and thorny devils. I moved to Melbourne to study fine art, before realising I’m a scientist at heart.”
Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne as part of the National Environmental Science Programme, VIC
Kylie researches the conservation of threatened mammals in landscapes dominated by human activities. Specifically, research around road ecology and tree-based (aboreal) mammals, the effectiveness of road crossing structures and how monitoring influences the detection of population levels.
Her blog, “Life on the Verge”, features easy-to-read summaries about wildlife crossing structures on the Hume Highway and other general ecology topics. Kylie is also a wildlife expert for the ABC Riverina Mornings program, providing inputs on various topics from roadkill to the mating habits of echidnas.
“Not only do we have a responsibility to share our research with the general public, but I believe public engagement is critical to the success of science itself, particularly in applied disciplines like conservation biology.