Alice has a deep passion for the protection and restoration of the marine environment. Her role as the GIS Technical Officer supports TNC's Reef Builder project, by assisting in the site-selection process for identifying sites most suitable for shellfish restoration across estuaries of south-east Australia.
Alice is responsible for the construction of ‘restoration suitability models’ for multiple estuaries across south-east Australia. These restoration suitability models take into account different biological, logistical, physical, ecological and human-use factors that may impact the suitability of a site for restoration.
Her strong understanding of both marine science and spatial analysis skills, has her well-placed to assist Operations Managers in determining suitable sites for shellfish restoration. More recently, she has been engaging with local stakeholders to assess community support for restoration, and incorporating this social dimension into the broader site selection process.
Alice has a multidisciplinary background, having completed a Bachelors of Biotechnology at the University of Technology, Sydney. With a particular interest in environmental biotechnology, this evolved into a passion for conservation science and spatial planning of marine restoration.
Alice recently completed her Masters of Research in Biological Science at Macquarie University, where she developed Stakeholder-supported restoration suitability models for native oyster reefs in Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay estuaries of New South Wales, Australia.
Restoring shellfish reefs
Shellfish reefs are Australia’s most critically endangered marine ecosystem. Made up of billions of oysters and mussels, they once thrived in Australia’s bays and estuaries from Noosa in Queensland right around Australia’s southern coastline to Perth in Western Australia. Now less than 10% remain.