Hey, I’m Dani!

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I'm an ecologist and conservation biologist from Australia. I love geeking out on science, reading long books, writing about the world, making photos, hiking til my legs are shaky, thinking impossible things, and drinking lots of herbal tea (and red wine).

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 - a place where baboons in our kitchen was not uncommon. 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 vegetable garden. 

Most days I'm a PhD student in conservation biology and bioacoustics at The University of Queensland's Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and the national Threatened Species Recovery Hub. My research focuses on the conservation of endangered black-cockatoos (you can follow Black-Cockatoo Project on Facebook and on Instagram). I have field sites in Queensland, Victoria and on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Other days, I’m a scientist in the fisheries department, a teacher to undergraduate students, and a divemaster in my husband’s scuba business.

Drop me a line if you want to chat. Especially about black-cockatoos :)