Lecturer in Environmental Management, Charles Sturt University
Australian living on Biripai Country, Port Macquarie, Australia
Alexandra is an environmental scientist who works closely with communities to build new knowledge and strong connections with Australian nature. She completed a PhD in environmental management, which modelled habitat used by threatened frogs, and applied environmental sociology approaches to explore constraints and enablers to using new environmental knowledge. Alexandra’s teaching and research encompasses a wide spectrum of disciplines, including environmental policy and wildlife and green space management. Her current research focusses on community management of both tidal and freshwater wetlands.
She is interested in connection, and focusses on transdisciplinary processes that underpin evidence-informed and transformative change. She increasingly applies right-way science approaches in her work.
Prior to becoming an academic, Alexandra worked as a national park ranger and threatened species manager. She developed catchment wide biodiversity programmes and led a team developing and implementing collaborative actions with farmers and agencies to conserve Australian birds, mammals and frogs.
Alexandra started her career as a national park and marine ranger and was fortunate enough to work closely with Ngyampaa, Githabul and Wiradjuri Elders. She developed several environmental plans including park and fire management plans as well as contributing her field expertise to bioregional fauna and flora surveys in western and northern New South Wales. She spent many months fighting fires, in ground roles and in incident command, and is experienced in responding to extreme weather events, both personally and professionally.
Having grown up on oyster farms and amid mangroves, Alex loves estuaries and living and working in east coast Australia. She owns and manages a pomegranate orchard. In her spare time she indulges her passion for growing native Australian plants, rides her horse and trains her Australian Kelpie.