Thea is the latest member to join the Lindenmayer field team, commencing in 2014. Pursuing an interest in natural history, she undertook a Bachelor in Conservation Biology and Ecology at La Trobe University, completing Honours in 2009. Her Honours research investigated the impact of Yellow-throated Miner on bird communities and tree health in the Victorian Mallee. She went on to work as a biology educator and a research assistant at several universities on a variety of projects, including setting-up the newest rainforest research ‘super site’ in Far North Queensland. In 2010, Thea worked as a field zoologist consultant in Melbourne, undertaking threatened species assessments, habitat evaluations, monitoring and targeted surveys of EPBC listed species. In 2013, she took the opportunity to live on Christmas Island where she assisted Parks Australia staff with species monitoring and captive breeding of threatened reptiles, and La Trobe researchers with invasive species impact and control projects.
After three years working in private industry, Thea’s itch to return to research prevailed and she took up the position as a Research Officer with David Lindenmayer’s field ecology team. Relocating to the mighty Murray in Albury, Thea undertakes field based monitoring of long-term sites across the Greater Riverina bioregion for the research group. She also assists with the group’s other long-term research projects across south-eastern Australia. This involves regular bird, reptile, and mammal surveys, as well as vegetation assessments. Her favourite aspect of fieldwork is surveying birds in woodlands, and working with landholders. She is also responsible for the collation of data for the Murray region. As she is interested in engaging wider audiences, Thea regularly utilises social media to communicate about ecological research studies.