Ecologist, platypus researcher
Tamielle became interested in platypus conservation after a study trip to the Grampians. On returning to Queensland, she was dismayed at the lack of platypus population data collected in the south-east of her home state – despite colonies being threatened by drought, feral predators and encroaching development. The University of Queensland PhD candidate fears these elusive creatures could slip away before anyone notices. Working with the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and local councils, Tamielle has recruited volunteers to help survey platypus from local waterways. By ascertaining abundance and genetic details on populations, this research will inform local conservation actions and determine if stronger protection measures are needed.