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Ms. Ellen Ryan-Colton

Ellen Ryan-Colton

Buffel Grass Research Officer and PhD Student
Charles Darwin University and Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
Ellen has worked as an ecologist focussed on threatened species recovery, protected area management and landscape scale threatening processes such as invasive species. She has counted moss in Antarctica, banded toucans in Peru, but her main area of expertise is in semi-arid and arid systems of Australia. After working in consultancy, government, non-government and volunteering for alot of her time, Ellen wanted to learn more from the first ecologists of the Australian country – Aboriginal people. For the last 3 years she has been living and working in the remote corner of South Australia, on the Aṉangu Pitjantjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, working with Indigenous Protected Area ranger teams who are facing an uphill battle against one of the biggest threats to biodiversity, culture and communities: the invasive plant ‘buffel grass’. She decided to focus her ecological training and skills on this major land management issue and share this PhD experience with Aṉangu. Ellen has a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Wollongong and is currently a PhD Student with the School of Environment at Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs.
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