Kirk grew up in northern Utah, USA. Here he completed a Master of Aquatic Ecology from Utah State University. He has a love of all things outdoors and a passion for native ecology. Kirk moved to Australia in 2012 and has immersed himself in the local marine and coastal environment.
Kirk comes to TNC with two decades of experience in aquatic resource management spanning employment in the private sector, non-government organisations, and within the NSW public sector. His work focuses on aquatic habitat restoration, fisheries legislation, and threatened species recovery.
As our Marine Coordinator for New South Wales, Kirk is responsible for overseeing the rebuilding of shellfish reefs across the state and developing new, innovative restoration projects opportunities.
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.