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Sigit’s research to shape Indonesian environmental policy

There’s nothing more compelling to a researcher than knowing their work will have a real-world impact in an area of true significance. This is the case for international higher degree by research (HDR) student, Sigit Sasmito. His research project into the impact of human behaviour on mangrove forests is set to define environmental policy for his home country of Indonesia. Adding further proof that CDU's HDR students are doing research with real influence, one of Sigit’s thesis chapters was recently published in Global Change Biology; one of the world’s most-respected journals in environmental science. Here's his story.

My two weeks in the Amazon protecting turtles

As part of her Bachelor of Environmental Science, CDU student Erica Smith seized the opportunity to cross Brazil off her travel bucket list as she took part in the two-week Brazilian Amazon Field Intensive (BAFI) offered by CDU's College of Engineering, IT and Environment. Erica is currently half-way through her degree and determined to major in Wildlife Conservation.  For the past five years, Erica studied part time so she could fit in her work schedule. Last year, she moved to Darwin from a remote community in East Arnhem Land to transition into full time study at Casuarina Campus and make faster progress toward completing her studies. 

Studying Science to become an ecologist: Alana's story

CDU student Alana de Laive has developed a keen interest in wildlife and herpetology. She has worked in various roles as an ecologist and wildlife keeper and wanted to further her career by undertaking a part-time Bachelor of Science (Ecology) degree with CDU. Alana is continuing her studies with an Honours project focusing on the conservation of the giant Amazon River turtle.  

Professor Sam Banks: how I became an environmental science researcher

For Professor Sam Banks, becoming an Environmental Science researcher has meant turning his passion for the environment into a career that revolves around protecting it. Sam is an Outstanding Professor at CDU, where he spends his time using genomics and ecology to understand biodiversity. He is also passionate about passing his knowledge on to the next generation of environmental researchers, so dedicates much of his time supervising research students. Here, Sam tells us how he’s forged a successful career in environmental conservation research and offers his advice for getting the most out of your undergraduate Environmental Science degree - especially if you’re interested in research.

Unraveling the mystery of northern Australia’s most elusive mammal

Alyson Stobo-Wilson is an Environmental Scientist completing her PhD at Charles Darwin University. Alyson participated in the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) and was the runner up with her topic Unraveling the mystery of northern Australia’s most elusive mammal. 

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Coming home to give back to the environment: Alyson’s PhD story

Alyson Stobo-Wilson is an Environmental Scientist completing her PhD at Charles Darwin University. Many of her days are spent traipsing through the tropical savannas of northern Australia collecting data on a new species of marsupial glider. Ultimately, Alyson’s research will form the basis of knowledge on this particular species and help with its conservation, as well as inform management of other tree-dwelling mammals in northern Australia. But Alyson’s remarkable experience as a higher degree by research student at CDU hasn’t been without sacrifice – read on for her full story.

Larissa's Top End adventures: on the trail of a mysterious mammal 

Passionate about ecology and wildlife, Larissa Potter graduated from CDU with a Bachelor of Science with first class Honours. She was nominated by her lecturers as a Valedictorian for her outstanding academic record. Here's her full graduation speech, where she recounts what sparked her move to Darwin from Sydney, and where she shares her experiences doing field work on the Tiwi Islands while searching for the elusive, tiny mammal called Butler’s Dunnart.  

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The School of Environment field studies allow you to conduct research, and gain practical experiences within some of Australia’s most spectacular and diverse regions. There are also opportunities to take your studies internationally with some units located in the spectacular regions of Indonesia, Brazil or even the Galapagos Islands.

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Get hands-on in environmental science whilst studying online

Professor Jenny Davis is the Head of School of Environment. Jenny is a freshwater ecologist who has undertaken projects on freshwater biodiversity and wetland monitoring, management and conservation, in all Australian states and Malaysia (Sarawak). She has a passion for understanding the patterns and processes that characterise Australia’s iconic dryland and tropical rivers and wetlands.