New wetlands officer loving her move

Posted 11 March 2020.

Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin’s (SAMDB) new wetlands project officer Annie Kriesl grew up around Spalding in the Mid North of South Australia.

She spent most of her childhood outdoors, helping her dad in shearing sheds and working with livestock at school and is a member of the local landcare group (Yackamoorundie Landcare).

This love of the outdoors combined with her studies triggered Ms Kriesl’s interest in the management of our wetland environments.

Finishing her schooling at Clare where she studied agriculture, Annie then moved to Adelaide completing a Bachelor of Environment with an Honours degree, graduating in 2020.

Ms Kriesl’s Honours project looked into the environmental needs and other human-related influences impacting the critically endangered Spiny Daisy (Acanthocaldium dockeri). The outcomes of this project focused on recommendations to the recovery team for future management.

During Ms Kriesl’s university degree she completed a placement with Natural Resources SAMDB floodplain and wetlands team where she had the opportunity to undertake various monitoring activities of local wetlands, including, frog, fish and bird surveys.

Ms Kriesl said I am very grateful to have joined the team in Berri, and I’m excited to be working in such a rewarding role, putting my studies to good use.

“The best part of this role is the diversity and nature of the work. Not one of my days has looked the same, and every day I am learning something new, working in a beautiful region, and helping to protect our local wetlands.

“Moving from Adelaide is a welcome change. I love living and working in the Riverland and can’t think of a better way to start my career in environmental science and management,” Ms Kriesl said.

Natural Resources SAMDB wetlands team is supported by the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and NRM levies.

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