Hi, I'm Dani. Let's talk about nature.
Stories of nature. Stories of change. That's what I'm all about.
I like to bring science and stories together to showcase nature and its threats to everyone, including how we humans interact with and depend on nature.
As a wise man once said, “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we have been taught”.
With knowledge, our collective actions can create a world of difference. This is what I live, breathe and believe. It is my hope that you can learn to care a little more about nature too.
I am South African born, biologically Portuguese-German, but today have my feet firmly planted on the Gold Coast in Queensland, the sunshine capital of the land down under.
I have an insatiable curiosity for the world in its many forms. You’ll often find me exploring local national parks, scuba diving nearby reefs, or planning my next big adventure into the wild
My camera is my canvas, and nature my paint.
I have been an avid hobby photographer for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until about 8 years ago when I purchased my first DSLR that I became much more serious about the craft.
I’ve been a Canon girl since way back. Nowadays, I shoot mostly with a Canon 5D mark III, with a variety of lenses. When underwater, I use a trusty old Canon 40D in Aquatica housing, but you’ll occasionally catch me using a GoPro Hero3+. I also use a Canon G1X when I feel like being a bit lighter.
MY CV IN 6 SENTENCES
I am currently working towards a PhD in conservation biology at The University of Queensland. My primary focus is on threatened black-cockatoos. When I'm not doing that, I'm working as a fisheries scientist. I have an honours degree in marine science and a master’s degree in conservation biology. I am a professional member of Society for Conservation Biology, the Australian Science Communicators, and the Australian Citizen Science Association. You can find more about my professional life over at LinkedIn.