Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Dr Alexandra Knight is an ecologist, social researcher and educator. She is one of 100 women globally accepted into Homeward Bound 8, a collaborative leadership program for women in STEM. Alex’s research focuses on the space between research and practice, addressing complex problems and working with communities to find solutions. Alex’s PhD research (completed in 2015) focussed on a small, little-known amphibian, Sloane’s Froglet, and resulted in widespread community interest and support in protecting the species. Alex works closely with Landcare groups, other community groups and schools ensuring research is built collaboratively and that results are spread widely. Alex lectures in natural resource management, open space planning and wildlife management and ecology.
Prior to working in academia, Alex has a successful professional career in national park management and biodiversity enhancement on private land. She led the biodiversity program of the then Murray Catchment Management Authority, building a diverse range of projects with farmers and local communities to protect and enhance frogs, ground-nesting birds, native vegetation and mammals. Conservation on private land expanded on her foundation as a Ranger for the Queensland and New South Wales national park services, a job which she loved. Fire-fighting, undertaking comprehensive flora and fauna surveys, weed and pest species control, community relations and park planning were all part of her daily activities.