Melanie Sullivan - Bachelor of Animal Ecology

Melanie’s industry placement was with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) at North Cooloola. Melanie was part of a team that developed and implemented a new monitoring survey to assess the Pandanus leaf hopper insect and parasite wasp populations on Teewah Beach and Double Island Point Headland.

Melanie was responsible for developing a monitoring survey and report for the project. During her placement, Melanie was also involved in releasing a rehabilitated turtle at Rainbow Beach.

Melanie’s feedback on her placement experience:

Is/has the placement been relevant to your studies?

My placement with QPWS was relevant to my studies. I have completed a Bachelor of Animal Ecology and found much of my duties with QPWS involved techniques I had been taught during my degree e.g. surveying techniques, animal trapping and identification.

What have you learnt?

During my time with QPWS I have learnt practical experience in field research when conducting research surveys, and how to best manage problems encountered along the way. 

What have you enjoyed the most?

What I have enjoyed most about my placement with QPWS was the variety of work in which I was involved. I undertook compliance duties as well as general duties and natural resource management work. 

Which three words would best describe your placement experience?

Fun, supportive and engaging.

“Melanie approached the project with enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn, doing extra research, and asking great appropriate questions. The placement was beneficial to our continuing Pandanus tree project.”— Erin Atkinson, industry placement supervisor.