Scientists of the Great Southern
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Made in Hong Kong, born in New Zealand and raised in the stunning Otway Ranges of Victoria were the eclectic foundations for Atlanta's journey to becoming a passionate Citizen Scientist. Atlanta travelled all over Australia before settling in Albany ten years ago, where she decided to formalise her knowledge. Her studies on the Long-necked Turtle in 2007 won her Student of the Year and encouraged her to delve deeper into honing her scientific skills. While completing a degree in Restoration Ecology, she continued her survey work of the turtles and is now recognised locally as the "go to" girl for all things turtle. She encourages everyone to remember the dream, take a leap of faith in their abilities and give it a go. It's the journey not the destination that matters.
Summary of research interests
Steve works as a hydrographer for the Department of Water, South Coast Region.
He graduated from Murdoch University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science (Biological Science). After graduating Steve worked for the Department of Conservation and Land Management in the Pine Forestry group and in 2002 began volunteering for urban catchments groups in Perth. Steve spent the next six years working as a Natural Resource Management Officer in both urban and rural areas undertaking river restoration, nutrient management and community education.
In 2009 he began an internal Hydrographic traineeship with the Department of Water and currently manages a network of gauging stations between Northcliffe and Esperance and is the Data Manager for the South Coast Region.
Established in 1987, the WNNPA has more than 65 members who have a range of interests and skills.
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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.