linkages & Corridors - our presenters
Mary is an environmental management professional who has been involved in Landcare and conservation in the Southern Tablelands region for the past 15 years working on a variety of projects including project manager of the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala link conservation initiative and K2W Glideways and has recently joined the Rivers of Carbon team on projects around the Goulburn and Yass regions. She manages a small farm on the headwaters of the Lachlan River in Breadalbane NSW with husband and two children. She is passionate about building strong and effective partnerships and empowering communities and individuals to participate in conservation and regenerative agricultural practices.
Huw Evans completed a degree of Environmental Science at Charles Sturt University. He began his career as a bush regenerator in Sydney working on a number of restoration and revegetation projects. After five years in the private sector and brief stints working as a Field Guide at an eco-resort and supervising environmental projects with unemployed youth, Huw began work as a Catchment Officer for the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority at Penrith in Western Sydney in 2011. In December 2012 he moved to Lithgow to Project Manage the five year Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project. More recently, he has been part of a consortium of partners who were successful in obtaining funding for a 10-year Saving our Species Project "Swamped By Threats", a project that Huw now manages.
Dr Damian Michael
Damian joined Professor David Lindenmayer’s research team in 2000 and for the past 18 years has been managing large-scale, long-term biophysical monitoring programs throughout south-eastern Australia. His research focuses on developing ways to better integrate wildlife conservation in agricultural landscapes using themes from restoration ecology and conservation biology. Damian is particularly passionate about improving conservation outcomes for reptiles in human-modified landscapes, and enjoys working closely with Landcare groups, Local Land Services, Catchment Management Authorities, and other NRM organisations to monitor and evaluate the response of birds, possums and reptiles to woodland management interventions. In 2010, Damian was awarded a PhD for his work on reptile ecology and rocky outcrop conservation in southern NSW. Since joining the team, he has published over 90 scientific papers and six books, including a field guide to the Reptiles of the NSW Murray Catchment, and his latest book titled Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management.
Geoff has worked in the environment field for over 23 years at local, regional and state levels. Originally a bush regenerator in northern Sydney, he moved into local government after a brief stint at State Forests. He spent 5 years at Hawkesbury City Council and 3 years at Hornsby Shire Council running local bushland management activities, including bushcare volunteers, community nurseries, and bush regeneration contracts.
Moving to the state level he then worked for 8 years as NRM Facilitor and Senior Policy Officer for the Local Government & Shires Association. This included representing local government on a wide variety of environment related issues, and working with councils across the state.
For the last 4 1/2 years he has worked as the Senior Team Leader Contestable Grants for the NSW Environmental Trust, overseeing 13 grant funding programs investing approximately $10 million per year.