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Tessa conducting a small invertebrate survey, South Australia

Tessa Concannon, Scientific Intern GTCP Season 2017/18

Hello my name is Tessa Concannon and I am from Adelaide, South Australia. From a young age I have had a passion for animals, wildlife and the environment. In 2014 I received my Bachelors in Animal Science from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. I was first introduced to sea turtle research in 2015 when I volunteered in Costa Rica working with researchers from the Latin American Sea Turtle Program (LAST). Whilst in Costa Rica I gained a real appreciation for how little is known about life span of sea turtles as well as the involvement of the community in conservation programs. After this I volunteered and eventually worked for the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Aquatic Sciences Division, working on the Coorong Catchment Program identifying key species of fish larvae. As a result of this work and my time in Costa Rica I returned to university to further my studies into conservation. In 2016 I completed a Graduate Diploma in Conservation Biology at Macquarie University. I am very excited to be an intern in the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program in its tenth year, and keen to see what the season brings.

By Tessa Concannon, GTCP Scientific Intern

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