Science Manager Communication and Collaboration, Arthuyr Rylah Institute for Enviro Research, Dpt of Enviro, Land, Water and Planning
Fern builds links between the research programs at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI; part of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) and between the science, research partners and the community. These links mean that ARI’s applied research can truly help guide on-ground actions for biodiversity, and underpin policy decisions. Fern has three decades of experience across freshwater fish and aquaculture research, policy development, stakeholder and community engagement, environmental education and citizen science, particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin. She was a founding member of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia; is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation; has volunteered in Tanzania, Pakistan and Myanmar; and participated in the inaugural women’s Homeward Bound leadership journey to Antarctica in 2016. She is passionate about wild places, and about connecting people with nature.
The 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ wildfires in Victoria were a major, traumatic event for people and also had an enormous impact on the natural environment. Affected species included the nationally threatened Barred Galaxias; a tiny freshwater fish found only in the headwaters of the Goulburn River. Post-fire rains were expected to cause massive silt mobilisation, and […]