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Resume, awards and memberships


  • B.Sc. (Hons.) - University of Melbourne, Australia
  • M.Sc. - University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Cert. Zookeeping  - Box Hill College of Technical and Further Education, Melbourne, Australia
  • Short courses on Writing Children's Picture Books (2008, Victoria University), Writing for Children (2006), Writing (general) (2003), First Aid for Children (2006) and Customer Service (1998)  

Employment History

I have been employed as a Zookeeper, Consultant Lecturer and Conservation Biologist. I am currently casually employed as an Education Programs Officer at an urban farm.  


  • Australian Geography Teachers Association Award (AGTA), Primary resource (F-6) section (for Environments and Responsibility, Pearson Australia, 2014)

  • Education Publishing Australia Award, Primary student resource - Arts/Science/Humanities section (for Environments and Responsibility, Pearson Australia, 2015)

  • Certificate of Commendation - 2011 Whitley Awards, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (for Great Barrier Reef Under Threat, Mamillan Education, 2011)
  •  Member of  the Australian Society of Authors, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Copyright Agency Limited. 
  • D. J. (Dinny) O’Hearn Memorial Writer’s Fellowship shortlist,  2000.
  • Australasian Society of Zookeepers Conservation Grant (1996),  Postgraduate Student Award (Zoology) (1991), Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award (1989 - 1991), Margaret Catto Scholarship for Zoology (1989).