Science Week looks beyond the microscope to vegetation ecology

Issued: 18 Aug 2021

Queensland is looking beyond the microscopes, beakers and Bunsen burners to celebrate the varied aspects of our valued scientists for National Science Week which runs from August 14-22, 2021.

Shannon Hudson has a Bachelor of Science majoring in ecology and conservation biology.

“I’ve worked with the Department of Environment and Science for four years and am currently working on the Spatial BioCondition component of the Enhanced State-wide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) project,” Ms Hudson said.

“We’re developing a model output that maps biodiversity condition across the breadth of Queensland.

“My university degree allows me to apply my ecological theories to interpret and explain biodiversity and vegetation condition trends.

“In addition, my ability to identify plants and my survey skills assist greatly when collecting field data which underpins the model development.

“I also use Geographic Information Systems to visualise, manipulate and collect data, and to plan field trips.

“Overall, the work we’re doing contributes to evaluating and valuing the health of the Queensland environment.”

Ms Hudson said National Science Week is a great opportunity to highlight the many facets across the field to inspire young people to consider a consider a career in science.

“Science is fun and challenging,” she said.

“It forms the bedrock of so many state, national and global decisions.

“Information is essential, and you can be the one who finds out and tests the information.”

Queensland’s Chief Scientist Professor Hugh Possingham said everyone from students to grandparents could get involved in the celebration of science during National Science Week.

“Visit the National Science Week website to find local or online National Science Week activities near you and follow the Queensland Science Facebook channel for the latest science news,” he said.