She took the opportunity to speak to the Year 11 and 12 biology and chemistry students about the lack of remnant vegetation around Adelaide and the resulting loss of bird species from the region. She then explained the importance of the work we do at Bio·R in reconstructing habitats at a large scale for biodiversity purposes

Fi Paton as 'Scientist in Residence' at Wilderness School.
Fi Paton as ‘Scientist in Residence’ at Wilderness School.

Fi has also been engaging girls from other years in a range of activities, including:
1) talking to the Year 10 science students about her PhD research in urban water resources management;
2) discussing the impacts of over-extraction and drought in the Murray-Darling Basin with the Year 12 Geography students;
3) teaching Year 9s about the unique ecology of the Coorong and how to identify a range of shorebirds that inhabit and migrate to this system, as they are lucky enough to soon be visiting the Coorong where they will conduct their own shorebird surveys.

We thank Fi for volunteering to speak to the girls and look forward to being able to do more of these activities in the future.