I’m Daniella. I'm a conservation biologist from Australia. I created this space to share ideas and knowledge about nature, life and us. I write about saving species and how our everyday actions affect the world’s biodiversity. I fill my days doing science, reading, writing, photographing, cooking and wandering (in body and mind).
I was born in downtown Jo’Burg, South Africa in 1987 to a German mother and a Portuguese father. I spent my childhood playing in the veld and icy seas on the outskirts of Cape Town. I've since lived on the sunny Gold Coast in Australia. I live in (what I like to think of as) a home among the gum trees, along with my husband and our two cats, two rainbow lorikeets, four chooks (all rescue), one fish, and a proudly-expanding kitchen garden.
The professional bit.
I am an ecologist and conservation biologist with over 10 years’ experience in threatened species recovery, fisheries and sustainability. I am a member of the recovery team for the endangered south-eastern red-tailed black-cockatoo and the non-profit organisation the Glossy Black Conservancy. My work has been featured by various media including the ABC, Channel 10 and Remember The Wild. In 2018, I co-founded the first National Black-Cockatoo Forum, a national network of black-cockatoo conservation practitioners and researchers. I regularly speak at scientific conferences and public environmental events.
I hold a bachelor degree with honours in marine biology and ecology, a master’s degree in conservation biology, and am currently completing a PhD in threatened species monitoring. My research focuses on the conservation, behaviour and bioacoustics of endangered black-cockatoos (you can follow Black-Cockatoo Project on Facebook and on Instagram). I am based at The University of Queensland's Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and the national Threatened Species Recovery Hub. I also supervise undergraduate research projects and tutor students in evolutionary biology and animal behaviour.
Drop me a line via the contact form if you want to chat about events, projects ideas or collaborations. I’m always glad to chat.