Growing up in the heart of the Box Ironbark forests near Bendigo, Lachie developed a passion for ecology and went on to study a Bachelor of Environmental Science in Conservation Ecology (Hons) at Deakin University. During his final year of study, he was awarded a Fellowship with the Earthwatch Institute to undertake research with Professor David Lindenmayer at Jervis Bay. Lachie started working in Victoria for The Australian National University in 2004, assisting with research projects across south-eastern Australia including Jervis Bay, South West Slopes and the Murray. Since 2006, Lachie has managed the long-term monitoring of the Victorian Central Highlands Study and the associated trials, experiments and studies.
The Victorian work covers possums and gliders, birds, vegetation, logging/salvage logging experiments, carbon, and all of this work also has a large fire component, as half of the Victorian monitoring sites burnt during the Black Saturday fires of 2009. His work in the Central Highlands also includes organising “stagwatching” surveys for the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum, which involve the assistance of hundreds of volunteers each year.
Lachie is also undertaking a Masters degree, investigating Leadbeater’s Possum spatial habitat use.