Emma Matthews

Diary of a young conservationist

About me

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect those of my employers.

I’m Emma, an aspiring conservationist from Australia.

At 21, I finished a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Ecology, and honours in conservation genetics at the University of Adelaide.

My quest to become a conservationist has resulted in a handful of different jobs over the past two years, and  some pretty amazing expeditions both here in Australia and further afield.

Places I’ve been!

I’ve been working as a research assistant at the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, a science communication intern at Conservation SA, and running my own tutoring business.   At the end of 2018 I spent three months chasing lemurs through the jungles of Madagascar with Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. In 2019 I worked with green sea turtles in Malaysia and invertebrates in Honduras! In 2020 I got a real person job in regional New South Wales, working as an ecological consultant. At present (Feb 2021), I have just moved to Canberra after being offered an amazing ecologist position, working on one of the biggest renewable energy projects in the world.

This blog is about documenting my (prepare yourself for that dreaded word) journey towards becoming a successful scientist.  I’ll be taking you on my travels as an early career researcher, and sharing with you all just how cool being a scientist can be!

One step closer – Graduating with first class honours 2018
Working as a research assistant in Madagascar!
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