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Loggerhead turtle - Gnaraloo Bay Rookery - Western Australia

Introducing the Scientific Interns

My name is Ludmila Segato and I’ll be joining the field team GTCP 2016/17 as one of the Scientific Interns. Working with conservation in Australia is one of my biggest dream. This year Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP) is giving me the opportunity to achieve it and I will embrace it with all my passion!
I have bachelor degree in Ecology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. I am from Brazil but I have been living in Perth for 5 years. In my last year of university I worked for the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, focusing in environmental education. The main job in this project was the awareness of students from public schools about the Atol das Rocas, which is a wildlife sanctuary designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. During this time I also participated as a volunteer for a non-profit organisation, TAMAR Project, the main goal of the project is to protect sea turtles from extinction on the Brazilian coastline.
I am looking forward to enriching my knowledge and life experience and use my experience to add great value to our team. Can’t wait to learn about the local wildlife and contribute to their protection with the GTCP field team 2016/17.

My name is Jess. I’m from Sydney, NSW. I have an Environmental Science bachelor degree from the University of Wollongong (UOW). My Honours project utilised coral geochemistry to investigate climatic patterns across the equatorial Pacific Ocean over the past 50 years. This work formed the basis of two publications (2015, 2014) in the journal Paleoceanography. I was able to continue in this field through working as a Coral Laboratory Research Assistant with Dr Helen McGregor at UOW. During this time, I was lucky enough to travel to remote Kiritimati Island, Kiribati to assist a colleague with fieldwork.
Since graduating I have also had experience in plant propagation at a native plant nursery and undertaking weed removal, plant surveys and light construction work for a woodland conservation project in the greater Sydney region. I have also been a Track Maintenance Volunteer with the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service along the Larapinta Trail in central Australia.
I am excited to use my existing scientific skill set to help protect endangered sea turtle rookeries on Gnaraloo’s beaches. I am also looking forward to learning new skills, gaining further experience as a young scientist and the chance to live in the geographically stunning Gnaraloo Bay area. Thank you to GTCP for giving me this amazing opportunity! I can’t wait for the season to begin.

I am Sophia Dahl, I am originally from Denmark but born and raised in Spain (confusing, I know). I took my Bachelor Honours degree in Manchester studying Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology. My degree gave me the opportunity to take a placement year at any location in the world! I decided to take the challenges in Costa Rica and Belize. In Costa Rica I took a Tropical Conservation internship programme in Tortuguero National Park. We researched and monitored all the vertebrates in the rainforest, but our main focus was on jaguars (Panthera onca) and Green turtles (Chelonia mydas). Here is where my love for turtles started, having always been a feline person, but I admired their dedication to life. We conducted similar day and night turtle surveys as in Gnaraloo. With these surveys we combined them with the jaguar project to make a research on their predation influence on the green turtle population. This included forensic analysis on the predated turtles.
In Belize I was involved with marine conservation, so triggered more my interest to marine life. However I was still confused about choosing to specialize in terrestrial or marine conservation. Then it crossed my mind, what better than marine turtles!? They are semi-terrestrial when its season for them to lay their eggs and I was fascinated by them after working in Costa Rica. Therefore I feel very honoured to be part of the Gnaraloo expedition 16/17 and I am looking forward to be working again alongside marine turtles. It is gonna be an awesome season, I can sense it!

My name is Liam Turner from Victoria and I am lucky enough to be one of this years Scientific Interns for GTCP 2016/17. I’ve grown up constantly outdoors, whether it is exploring the local forests and creeks around my hometown, or the many coastal holiday destinations within Australia I went on with my family. I’ve always been surrounded by nature and curious of the other forms of life that I come in contact with.
Naturally my thirst for deeper knowledge and desire to protect what I love most led me to completing my bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) at Deakin university, Warrnambool in October 2015. During my degree I’ve had a range of volunteering roles with a variety of organisations, which range from participating in freshwater and estuarine fish ecology research (Vic. and southeast SA), wetland restoration projects (southwest Vic.), native revegetation works in conservation areas (Vic. and SA), coral reef research and restoration (Thailand), Australian fur seal feeding ecology fieldwork (Kanowna Is., Wilsons Promontory, Vic.), and community engagement programs such as teaching sustainable and ethical fishing. Since then I’ve spent much of 2016 working with a Not for Profit, Non-government organisation in southeast SA and southwest Vic., whose aims are to preserve biodiversity (native fauna and vegetation communities) and restore ecosystem function particularly through focusing on the hydrology and vegetation communities in depleted and semi-functioning aquatic and terrestrial habitats i.e. wetlands and swamps (being of an aquatic background, this is where I spent most of my time).

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