PhD Candidate | Lead Ecologist & Co-director of 3D Environmental
Maddy is an ecologist, businesswoman and PhD candidate with a keen interest in water security. She grew up in the grip of the Millennium drought in Australia, cementing her fascination with aquatic ecosystems and water availability. Her research focuses on the impact climate change will have on coastal wetland systems where over-abstraction already threatens the availability of water for ecological communities. Her research aims to better predict impacts to help facilitate resilience in these important ecosystems. She works closely with local and global actors such as The Nature Conservancy and the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland.
Soon after commencing her PhD, Maddy recognised a gap within the private-sector for science-based verification of groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs). She is now co-director and lead ecologist at 3D Environmental – a consultancy firm focused on merging science and policy to mitigate impacts to GDEs from mining and coal seam gas extraction.
Outside of work and research you’ll find Maddy sailing or surfing the east Coast of Australia and investigating local bakeries.