Chantelle is an aspiring conservationist with a passion for Australian wildlife and ecology. Growing up in Sydney, she was always looking for ways to connect with nature and the world around her. This fascination led her to complete a Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Science majoring in Biological Sciences at Macquarie University. After a period of travelling around the world, Chantelle returned to Macquarie University to complete a Master of Conservation Biology, graduating in mid-2018.
Whilst studying, she was able to undertake various volunteer and field work opportunities that helped her gain more experience. She spent a period volunteering in Western Australia, for the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, where she was involved in gathering data on nesting turtle populations on the Ningaloo Coast.
Chantelle has recently returned to Australia, having completed an internship in South Africa on a Big-5 game reserve. She is excited to join the Conservation Ecology Centre and hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the conservation issues faced in the Otways region.