In December 2018, our Branch committee was formed for the next year. A number of new returning faces and a few new ones, here is a little bit about our Committee members:
Diana Corbyn (Back left) has been with the Murdoch Branch since year dot. Her interests are botany, ecology and bushland restoration. She currently represents the WSWA on the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Advisory Committee. Diana is our Branch Vice-President.
Ross Young (Back 2nd left) has been a Society member for four years and a Murdoch Branch committee member for three. A former career banker, Ross completed his BSc in Environmental Biology in 2014 and now is administrator of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund. His particular interests are in plant ecology and plant/bird interactions.
Jennifer Dudley (centre) grew up in Adelaide where she was an artist & designer for many years, often incorporating South Australian Native Plants & Wildflowers in her textile design. Jennifer moved to Fremantle to complete her PhD in Asian Studies (Indonesia) at Murdoch University, and always intended to roam the West looking for Wildflowers to photograph & draw, which she now does through the Murdoch Branch of WSWA.
Felicity Bairstow (Back, second right) is a member of many environmental organisations and committees and played a pivotal role in the Save Beeliar Wetlands campaign.
Christine Allen (Back right) has a passion for all things plants. She heard about the diversity of flora in WA during her undergraduate degree at the University of Wollongong in NSW and thought it sounded like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for plant lovers! Christine completed her PhD in flora conservation at UWA in 2014 and has continued to work in the revegetation of flora in the Wheatbelt and Peel-Harvey. Christine has been Branch President for three years now.
Mathew Woods (Front left) works as a senior Conservation officer at the company Landcare Weed control. Outside of Mat’s work, he has various hobbies like playing video games and gardening. Mat also really like plants. Mat is our Branch Treasurer.
Sheree Walters (Front right) grew up in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia with a passion for the environment and natural landscapes. Sheree is currently completing a PhD in native plant genetics at Curtin University working with four of our wonderful WA natives – including two parasitic plants! She is particularly interested in landscape ecology and the importance of biodiversity – including plants, animals, insects and fungi – in both natural and restored landscapes. Sheree has been our Branch Secretary for three years now.
We are a friendly bunch, always keen to see new people at our monthly talks and hear about new activities we could run at the Branch. Let us know if you have an idea for a speaker or activity: firstname.lastname@example.org