Mangrove conservation and their importance for terrestrial vertebrates
Stefanie is from the Netherlands where she completed her BSc in Wildlife Management and her MSc in Ecology. She worked for the Dutch Ministry of Water management for five years as a project leader of the biological monitoring after which she started a new adventure in Australia as a PhD student.
Her research focusses on mangrove conservation and their importance for terrestrial vertebrates. Well justified concerns about the rapid decline of mangrove forests have focused on their value as marine environments. This marine focus may explain why their value as terrestrial habitat for vertebrates remains one of the most poorly studied aspects of this ecosystem. Our poor understanding of the relationships between these species and mangroves make it likely that there is a corresponding gap in the conservation management of these habitats. Using literature reviews, spatial analyses, management evaluations and rapid field assessments she is hoping to reveal insights into the conservation and management of these forests and their terrestrial biodiversity.
Below is a short video about her fieldwork along the East Coast of Australia:
Stefanie’s interests lie in bringing more attention to understudied ecosystems and taxa and improving conservation efforts for cross realm habitats. She also has a secret crush on creepy crawlers, is a big fitness fan and is developing an incurable love for Melbournian coffee.