Barbara Cook

 
Dr Barbara Cook, BSc PhD Cape Town

Dr Barbara Cook, BSc PhD Cape Town

 

Key research

Biodiversity and systematics, conservation, freshwater ecology

Email address: barbara.cook@uwa.edu.au

Phone: 9842 0837

Acting Director/IWC Associate Professor in Restoration Ecology

Institution

Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management

Areas of Interest and Experience

Barbara Cook has extensive experience in the collection, analysis and interpretation of river and wetland biological and biodiversity data in Western Australia, especially in the South Coast and South West Natural Resource Management regions. She has published over 100 papers, book chapters, reports and conference presentations on various aspects of the ecology of rivers and the biology and genetics of in-stream fauna. She is currently engaged in several projects which involve the determination of the ecological character of Western Australian waterways and wetlands. She is presently investigating the ecological values of South Coast rivers in partnership with the Western Australian Department of Water. Barbara also has extensive experience in researching the systematics and biogeography of selected components of biodiversity.

Geraldine Janicke

BSc (Environmental Science)

BSc (Environmental Science)

Institution

Private Consultant

Geraldine and her husband Steve are a partnership consultancy in Waterways Assessment & Environmental Investigations. Geraldine has ten years experience an associate researcher for the CENRM (UWA) in the field of aquatic ecology. She has considerable experience and a broad knowledge of riparian and aquatic flora and aquatic fauna of both fresh and saline waterway systems on the south coast of Western Australia. She has hands on experience in the on ground management of projects for both consultancy and academia and has experience in applying the “Framework for prioritising waterways for management in Western Australia” developed in the Great Southern.

Neil Pettit

Dr Neil Pettit, Research Fellow

Email address:
neil.pettit@uwa.edu.au

Phone: 9842 0828

Key research:

  • Tropical riparian zones

  • Nutrient cycling

Institution

Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management

Neil Pettit completed his PhD in October 2000 investigating the factors affecting recruitment of riparian vegetation on the Ord River in the Kimberley region and on the Blackwood River in south Western Australia. From 2002 to 2006 worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Washington, investigating the ecology of river/savanna boundaries in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Since 2007 Neil has been a Research Fellow with CENRM, working within the TRaCK programme theme looking at food webs and biodiversity of northern Australian rivers. .

Peter Speldewinde

Dr Peter Speldewinde - BSc (hons) PhD (UWA)

Dr Peter Speldewinde - BSc (hons) PhD (UWA)

Key research

  • Impacts of ecosystem degradation on human health

  • Ecology and conservation of Australian native rodents

Email address: peter.speldewinde@uwa.edu.au

Phone: 9842 0845

IWC Lecturer in Restoration Ecology

Institution

Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management

Areas of Interest and Experience

Dr Peter Speldewinde worked for many years in the field of conservation biology, implementing recovery plans and translocation proposals for threatened species. After working in the field of landcare for a number of years Peter did his PhD at the University of Western Australia, examining the impacts of dryland salinity on human health. He is currently involved in coordinating the honours year for the 'Restoration Ecology' degree and a unit in the International Water Centre's Master of Integrated Water Management. His research interest is the effects of ecosystem health on human health and he maintains an interest in Australian native rodents.

Walpole-Nornalup National Parks Association (WNNPA)

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Email address:

President: Tim Andrews timothy.andrews@bigpond.com
Secretary: David Edmonds jacksplace@westnet.com.au

Qualifications:

Established in 1987, the WNNPA has more than 65 members who have a range of interests and skills.

Current area of research interests:

The association coordinates and is active in a variety of nature based projects in the Walpole Wilderness which include peat rehabilitation, bat surveys, invertebrate studies and weeding programs.