✉ a.kutt [at] uq.edu.au
I am currently Senior Ecologist, North Australia for Bush Heritage Australia, responsible for the research partnerships, science and monitoring on our magnificent reserves, including Ethabuka, Cravens Peak, Pullen Pullen (night parrot country!), Edgbaston, Yourka and Carnarvon. I have worked in the field of wildlife conservation for many years throughout Australia, and across a variety of roles including with the Queensland and Victorian Governments, Biosis, GHD, JCU TropWater and CSIRO. I am currently based on the Atherton Tablelands. In my role, I must tackle the application of research, ecology and conservation data to adaptive management and decision making, in all its multitude of successes and frustrations. I am revelling in my current role working for an NGO whose imprimatur is applied landscape and species focussed conservation outcomes for Australia’s fantastic biodiversity.
I worked on, and undertaken research on, bird, mammal, reptile, plant, and community ecology, across a diverse range of ecosystems from wet forests to arid rangelands. My research has ping-ponged around threatened species, landscape ecology, environmental and climate change, biodiversity monitoring and condition assessment, and the impact of threatening processes (fire and grazing, weeds and feral animals, despotic native species). I am now focused on more practical adaptive management outcomes, but key to this is facilitating and working in University and community partnerships, to undertake targeted projects that help Bush Heritage manage its estate more effectively.
My current projects include NESP Threatened Species Hub work, such as the definition and assessment of a threatened woodland bird community for Australia, tropical savanna community ecology, fire ecology, despotic species, night and golden-shouldered parrots, small mammals and bird ecology, predator ecology and behaviour and cat suppression, GIS analysis for management and planning, and the development of effective monitoring programs. I have in the past, and am currently serving on, several scientific and advisory boards and committees, including Recovery Teams. I am more than happy to talk to anyone about new projects, collaborations, ideas, or anything really.