AUSECO Meet the Staff
Meet Our Staff

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An ecology and conservation biology expert and frog nerd, Amalina's rigorous academic record is brought into the field with unwavering enthusiasm, ambition and passion. Her experience in laboratories has been brought into the running of the business, as she plays a key role in writing programs and educating staff and students alike. Whilst she receives incredibly positive reviews from students and teachers, her greatest Auseco-related achievement to date is the ability to sneak in photos of puppies in each staff email.
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Connie is the backbone of Auseco, weaving her magic from the office desk. From being the first point of contact for schools, to keeping Don in check, Connie is an essential cog, ensuring staff and equipment turn up at the right site, for the right excursion, every time. 
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Don founded Auseco 26 years ago, combining his passions for teaching and the environment. Don’s experience as well as his encyclopaedia-like knowledge base provide a unique experience for anyone lucky enough to be in his field group. He strives to make each day memorable, loving nothing better than to go all “Steve Irwinesque” and catch rare, dangerous and beautiful animals for students to see. We rate him alongside the likes of Steve Parish with his wildlife photography, ensuring that schools always receive some excellent prints to remember the day. Known for eating raw capsicums on morning tea, Don is one of the main reasons Auseco has such a good reputation for outdoor education. 
Emily is currently studying Secondary Education and Biology at Macquarie University. She has had previous tertiary education in Agriculture and Photography. Emily has also spent time as a freelance photographer and singer/songwriter. Her friendly, laid back nature helps students to feel valued and engaged on her excursions. Emily’s passion for educating arose through her involvement with the National Indigenous Science Education Program at Macquarie, where she is a Chemistry demonstrator helping to engage disadvantaged youth through science. Emily has an interest in plant and invertebrate biology and plans to focus on these areas in her Biology major. These interests most likely arose from her love of the natural world while growing up, and being that girl who always collected bugs!

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With a postgraduate degree in Wildlife Management researching the nesting biology of freshwater crocodiles in Lake Argyle, WA; Francine loves reptiles. As it stands, she is still trying to sneak her new pet Diamond Python into her room without anyone knowing. Having worked at Sea Life Aquarium for 6 years, Francine has also found a strong passion for marine animals and their conservation challenges. Francine's favourite topic in science is apex predator conservation in Australia (sharks and dingoes) - it is a unique conservation challenge as these animals don’t have the best PR at times, but the role they play is so important for healthy ecosystem function.‚Äč

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Jacky's undergraduate degrees in Science and Education, previous experience as a teacher, and over 10 years of experience with Auseco, makes Jacky one of the most dedicated staff on the Auseco roster. Jacky's passion and commitment to her work is obvious at every excursion, as her extensive background knowledge shines through. Jacky is best known for her rock platform successes, holding the record for the highest number of Gloomy Octopus spotted and caught amongst Auseco staff.

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Jay is one of the most enthusiastic staff on the Auseco roster, bringing her joy and passion to every excursion she runs. Jay is currently completing a double degree at Macquarie University, her chosen majors are Environmental Management and Development Studies and Culture Change. As well as being well informed on biology and coastal management curriculum, Jay shines on the city excursions, bringing an in-depth knowledge around the issues of urban decay, urban renewal and gentrification.

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Jessie’s hard work and dedication have made her one of the most respected Auseco staff members. This is combined with a huge breadth of knowledge stemming from her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and postgraduate studies that looked at the “Breeding Biology and Reproductive Systems of the Australian Pelican”. Jessie has over 8 years’ involvement working with kids of all ages, and is currently finishing her high school teaching qualifications, with aims to be a science and geography teacher. All this experience and knowledge is on show with every excursion Jessie runs.
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Despite raising 3 boys, Karen has an unwaveringly calm nature. Combine that with over 10 years’ experience teaching science, she is ideal for leading the excursions, taking on groups with the finesse of an expert.
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Kate is one of the most experienced Auseco staff, and has grown into a leader during her time with the company over the last 4 years. Her passion and skills have reflected on many of the current staff members who were initially trained by her. Kate always has a smile, bringing energy to every class with her unique sense of humour. Her knowledge of coastal processes and marine biology is unparalleled and backed up by her experience working with the coastal management centre on the Central Coast.
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Kathy has a degree in Environmental Science and brings to Auseco not only a knowledge from many years working in the Environmental Science Industry but a whole lot of life experience from life with three boys. She is also currently studying secondary education in Geography and Earth and Environmental Science and loves seeing students making the connections between the environment around them and how they fit in. In her spare time enjoys getting out into the bush with the family or by herself for some peace and quiet. Kathy's favourite thing about geography is that through the study of geography people learn to understand the world around them, how they fit into the world and what responsibility they have for the future of the planet.
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Engaged in Plastic Free Manly and currently undertaking her Masters in Environmental Science looking at habitat suitability for the threatened Long-footed potoroo, respect for the environment in engrained in Mareshell. Mareshell's calm and laid back manner means she has any situation thrown at her under control.
With over 4 years experience in science and environmental education, Matt is passionate about the creative learning of the natural environment and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Auseco. Decked out in the largest brimmed hat he could find and crocs, Matt is by far our most fashionable staff member. More importantly, Matt's incredibly calm nature and soothing voice tempers the rowdiest of classes, and his natural ability to break down difficult concepts makes him a natural educator. 
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Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge to our team, particularly in marine science and coastal management - with a PhD in marine environmental science, specialising in marine mammal biology, acoustics and the impact of human disturbance. She has been working in environmental education for many years and is passionate about teaching young and old about having respect for marine ecosystems, in particular about the impact of debris on marine animals.