I am a freelance ecologist, educator and writer based in Queensland, Australia. I provide ecological research and monitoring, education, training and writing services mostly for community groups and not-for-profit organisations. My family ran a small boarding kennels, and bred and showed cocker spaniels, so I grew up around dogs. Some of my favourite childhood memories are of being woken in the night so I could watch our well-loved dogs whelp. My father was as attentive a mid-wife as any labouring mother could wish for.
I was introduced to wildlife conservation and was struck with the realisation that I could study animals in the wild! That became my passion, even though there is a lot more desk work involved than I anticipated. I did work as a vet’s assistant while studying zoology at university and loved the interaction with pets and their owners. Just as well I wasn’t training to be a vet though – I found I am allergic to both cats and cows so not cut out for either small or large animal practice! My husband, daughter and I live in the forest with wildlife right outside our door. Chickens, bees, a pet python and a very needy cockatiel complete our family.