Ecologist - "Swamped by threats: conserving threatened species of upland swamps" "Blue Mountains Water Skink Monitoring Program", Saving our Species (SOS), Environment Trust Partnerships Grants: Central Tablelands Local Land Services & NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)

Ecologist - "Enhancing the survival of the endangered Blue Mountains Water Skink" Project, OEH


Scientist – Thirlmere Lakes Research Program, Science Division, OEH

Consultant – SOS Conservation Program, OEH

Consultant – Blue Mountains Threatened Species Recovery Project, Blue Mountains City Council, NSW


Having grown up surrounded by national parks, I have always had a love of nature. This led me to embark on an undergraduate degree in Biological Science at The University of New South Wales, Sydney. My first-class honours research in Neurobiology characterised endogenous regulators of neurogenesis in crustaceans as a model for Seasonal Affective Disorder. An Associate Lectureship position at The University of Sydney followed with the First-Year Biology Department. My earliest peer-reviewed and published, scientific manuscript on the Molecular Genetics of Parkinson’s disease was as a Research Assistant at Neuroscience Research Australia. My honours research was extended to a Visiting Academic position at the Zoological Institute at the University of Greifswald, Germany. Finally, I have been involved in conservation research projects on the Green and Golden Bell Frog, Broad-headed Snake, Little Penguin, and the Long-nosed Bandicoot within the field. From my doctoral research, I have published further papers on the impacts of hydrological change, fire and urbanisation on the endangered Blue Mountains Water Skink, and its endangered swamp habitat. I now work as in Independent Ecologist on a variety of conservation projects. Although coming from a diverse academic background, conservation research and management is where my passion resides.



The joy of life comes from encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun…
- Steve Landless