Research scientist and environmental educator, Liz has worked at many locations around the world including the remote Indian Ocean outposts of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island, Tasmania and it’s off-shore islands and the swamps of the USA. She was part of the scientific team for the Federal Government project to trans-locate the endangered Cocos-Buff Banded Rail in the Cocos Islands and has since managed or been involved in monitoring and detecting some of the most secretive birds in world (rails and bitterns). Liz has also worked on invasive species eradication’s and is currently managing the monitoring component of the proposed French Island cat eradication project in Victoria (Australia).
Liz holds a PhD (research area monitoring techniques for secretive wetland birds) and a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management. She has worked for Parks and Wildlife Tasmania as an environmental educator and in many hands-on roles in the field. Liz also lectures at Charles Sturt University and is contracted to Saffire (Freycinet) as a personal bird guide.
Recently, Liz has been accepted into Homeward Bound, women in STEMM leadership program, and is working on projects including Eavesdropping on Wetland Birds. This project is a part of a new era in environmental monitoring, using acoustic monitoring technology and remote motion-sensor cameras to extend time and location data collection in order to detect wetland bird species and monitor their diversity. Liz is also a scientific adviser on Open Ecoacoustics, a dedicated ecoacoustics platform monitoring environments and opening everyone to aggregate and share data, analyses and tools. Their vision is to enable open science and conservation through the development and promotion of open access ecoacoustic technologies, methodologies and standards.
Liz has worked for Coral Expeditions since the first voyage in Tasmania (2016) and has also in the Kimberley. She been is passionate about the environment (and birds) and enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge with Coral expeditioners. She lives in Tasmania with her husband (also a scientist).