Our very first #PeopleOfNRM for 2021 is Georgina Anderson, a Field Ecologist at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy in Mt Gibson!
After graduating from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Environmental Science in 2012, Georgina hit the ground running, starting her career on a one-year environmental education project in Lombok, Indonesia.
It was then that Georgina made the move to Western Australia to work in threatened species conservation, first with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions (DBCA) and then with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC).
Growing up in an environmentally-minded family and spending a lot of her childhood in Indonesia, it was only natural that through her close contact to wildlife, Georgina formed an appreciation for the environment.
“I’d say I’m evenly split between calling Tasmania and Western Australia home – there’s nothing quite like bush-walking and camping in soggy and cold alpine areas, as long as at the end of it I can come back to WA to dry off.”
Georgina has worked as a Field Ecologist at Mt Gibson Sanctuary for three years and is currently devoting most of her time to translocating nine regionally extinct mammals into their feral predator-free fenced area. Translocation projects allow for threatened or endangered species to thrive and re-populate within the safety of the sanctuary’s fences.
The Mt Gibson Sanctuary has allowed Georgina to immerse herself in and grow an appreciation for the semi-arid environment, while also providing opportunities to travel and work around the state.
“Working on the Mt Gibson Mammal Restoration Project has taken me to some beautiful places, like the islands in Shark Bay, and has also given me the incredible opportunity to work closely with some of WA’s most threatened fauna,” says Georgina.
When it comes to getting the community involved in biodiversity conservation, Georgina says it’s as easy as putting your hand up to help out local organisations.
“Get yourself out there and get involved – you will learn a lot, whether you’re helping out with trapping mammals, digging in pitfall traps or entering stacks of data.”
To find out more about AWC’s Mt Gibson Sanctuary, check them out at www.australianwildlife.org/where-we-work/mt-gibson/.