Amelia grew up in lush tropical North Queensland and has always held a great appreciation and awe for tropical landscapes, particularly rainforests the way they function and flow. This great intrigue is what lead to her first engagement in Conservation and Land management at the age of 18, where she was heavily involved in numerous restoration projects along the Barron River Catchment from 2007 to 2012.
Feeling deeply fulfilled, Amelia wanted to say more, do more, be more and achieve more, and in June 2012 she graduated from James Cook University, Cairns with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation. Combining her love for restoration ecology and finding positive solutions, in 2013 Amelia was awarded a first class Honours degree for her research project which investigated cost effective methods to encourage natural succession in abandoned pasturelands as an alternative to active restoration. This project focused specifically on overcoming ecological barriers in abandoned pasture and methods of manipulation to accelerate regeneration of native tropical seedlings.
Within her career thus far, Amelia has had the great fortune to work in several different roles within the realm of Conservation and Ecology. Whether it be as a fauna ecologist, in rainforest nursery operations, Team leading international volunteers and Youth groups in conservation, attending Biology Conferences, she has enjoyed each experience immensely and taken away a lot. But perhaps the most influential opportunity that sparked Amelia’s heart was during a recent eight month internship at the agricultural college at ESALQ, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
It was here that Amelia first made real connection with Agro-ecology/Agroforestry and began to finds answers to solving one of her most treasured problems - to find balance between conserving nature and providing for well-being. Listening to lectures by pioneers such as Ernst Gotsch (Syntropic Agrilculture) and having opportunities to collaborate and publish articles about projects governed toward ecological outcomes and livelihood benefits, it has now lead Amelia now to pursue her time and energy in learning and expanding her knowledge. Her focus is now in the application and techniques involved in restoring degraded landscapes, through a combination of restoration and agroforestry/ecology/permaculture techniques, so there are positive outcomes for all.
Learning and understanding the ways in which our natural environment functions, ebbs and flows, relates and interrelates has become an integral part of Amelia’s well being. More specifically understanding that we ARE nature. Deeply connected and entwined in this glorious web of life. Everything that we need is provided by nature and everything that nature needs is provided within us. “Every part of ‘us’ – of our body and mind- is the literal product of natural physical elements coming together to form ‘us’ without a single element coming from somewhere other than nature” – Ana Mustafa, Natural Hygienist.
It is with this knowledge that Amelia endeavours to live a closely as possible to her ‘nature-heritage’, adopting a raw foods lifestyle and immersing herself in the principles from Natural Hygiene, she adores interweaving and reflecting into her lectures the understanding of our biological needs with that of our natural environment.
Amelia will be presenting the 'Forest Ecology' teaching of the PDC.