Martin Dziminski, Department of Biodviersity, Conservation and Attractions (Western Australia)
What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?
Currently my research interests lie in threatened species and management, and testing the effectiveness of management. This involves developing survey and monitoring techniques that can be efficiently used across vast remote areas, on species often difficult to even detect. Developing the link between science and management on the ground, particularly with Traditional Owners is another interest that I think is becoming more relevant and important.
What do you love about working in northern Australia?
The isolation and remoteness make working in northern Australia and in particular northern areas of Western Australia interesting, although challenging. Working with Traditional Owners, who still have a strong link with, and knowledge of the country, makes working in northern Australia a fascinating experience. Arid areas of the northwest – Pilbara, Kimberley and deserts – the vastness and isolation of these areas that I work in is impressive. The diversity within these arid areas is usually unrecognised, and the weather is great too, 40-50°C…