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Is there life for a conservation biologist after their PhD?

Chela Powell
VicForests

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Long-footed potoroo.

Since submitting my PhD thesis in February 2011 I have been working as the Conservation Biologist at VicForests (see news release from VicForests). My role has involved the development of pre-harvest fauna survey procedures for a range of threatened species, to ensure that biodiversity is well-managed within the areas where VicForests operates. As different species have different habitat and home range requirements, some of the work I have been doing has involved landscape scale monitoring for large range species such as the endangered Spot-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculates). I have also been supervising a Masters student who is investigating Long-footed Potoroo distribution patterns. My job takes me to very beautiful parts of Victoria and has been a great test of how to apply conservation principals and ecological theory to the practical management of threatened species.



Biobuzz issue fifteen, December 2011