Q. What’s your link to Townsville?
I lived and studied in Townsville for four brilliant years while I completed a double degree — Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia Journalism) and Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology).
Q. What does your work involve now?
I’m now based in Darwin, working as a communications officer for the Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub, which is one of six hubs created under the National Environmental Science Program. Most of my work is here, but also involves fieldwork from Cairns to Broome in remote settings like the Kimberley and the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Q. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success?
Townsville gave me a snapshot of life in the north and helped develop my understanding of how life works differently in settings away from capital cities. My time in Townsville helped me become an allrounder and that diverse skillset has been invaluable for my work so far. Studying journalism at JCU also encouraged me to develop practical media skills and constantly producing work strengthened the portfolio I could show when applying for jobs.
Q. What project are you currently working on?
I’m putting together stories and videos from research presentations in Canberra and early dry season fieldwork from the Kimberley. Outside of work, I’ve been exploring nearby Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and trying to find new ways to capture these popular and already often-photographed places.
Q. Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit?
I made a whirlwind trip back early this year for graduation and will be back again for a fun run that I’m helping to organise in September, but that’s definitely not as often as I would like to visit.