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Personal profile

Dr Alexandra Knight is an ecologist and social researcher with the School of Environmental Sciences.  Alex’s research focuses on the nexus between research and practice, addressing current problems and finding solutions.  Alex’s PhD research (completed in 2015) focussed on a small, little-known amphibian, Sloane’s Froglet, and resulted in widespread community interest and support in protecting the species.  Her current ecological research is focussed on burrowing frogs in the Murray and Mid North coast regions of New South Wales. Alex works closely with Landcare groups, other community groups and schools ensuring research is built collaboratively and that results are spread widely. Alex lectures in natural resource management, open space planning and wildlife management and ecology.  Alex also leads CSU Global’s study trip to Bhutan.

Prior to working at CSU, Alex led the biodiversity program of the then Murray Catchment Management Authority, building a diverse range of projects with farmers and local communities to protect and enhance frogs, ground-nesting birds, native vegetation and mammals. Conservation on private land expanded on her foundation as a Ranger for the Queensland and New South Wales national park services, a job which she loved. Fire-fighting, undertaking comprehensive flora and fauna surveys,  weed and pest species control, community relations and park planning were all part of her daily activities.

Research Interests

Alexandra's research is focused on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to environmental management.  Alexandra is particularly interested in knowledge exchange and the mobilisation and utilisation of new knowledge.  Alexandra also researches Australian frogs and bats and works with community groups to ensure that new information about these species can be used to benefit them.

Current projects include:

  1. Better Parks for People.
  2. Mobilising new knowledge successfully: exploring practitioner-researchers' impacts on environmental management.
  3. Habitat management for Sloane's Froglet.
  4. Healthy soils and Australia’s burrowing frogs.
  5. Aboriginal Australians' contemporary wetland plant use and cultural attitudes to water in the Murrumbidgee Catchment.

Teaching

  • REC205 – Open Space Planning
  • ENM163 – Natural Resource management
  • BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • SCI302 – International Experience (Bhutan)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University

2015

Bachelor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, The University of Sydney

Master of Environmental Management, University of New England

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies (Environmental Philosophy) (H1 Honours), University of Tasmania

External positions

Senior Project Officer, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Jun 2005Apr 2010

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Research Output

Environmental knowledge exchange in Australia and Oceania: How researchers and implementers are working together to bring change

Knight, A., 02 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) Closing the knowledge-implementation gap in conservation science : Evidence transfer across spatiotemporal scales and different stakeholders. Ferreira, C. & Klutsch, C. (eds.). Springer, 59 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Hop Into Frogs: A teaching resource about frogs and wetlands around Corowa and districts

    Knight, A., Corowa District Landcare, Coleman, K. & Hoefer, A. M., 2020, Corowa: Corowa District Landcare. 84 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Open Access
  • The Sloane's Froglet Song

    Knight, A., 2020

    Research output: Non-textual outputs, including Creative WorksCreative Works - Recorded or Rendered works

  • Consequences of changed water management for Aboriginal Australians in the Murrumbidgee catchment, NSW

    Conroy, C., Knight, A. R., Wassens, S. & Allan, C., 03 Apr 2019, In : Australian Geographer. 50, 2, p. 169-184 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Prizes

    Best rural public/population health research presentation

    Whitsed, Rachel (Recipient), Black, Rosemary (Recipient), Knight, Alexandra (Recipient) & Harvey, Robin (Recipient), 29 Sep 2017

    Prize: Award

    Activities

    • 2 Public event
    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation
    • 1 Development/presentation of external courses

    When science changes society

    Alexandra Knight (Member of programme committee)

    2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationAcademic

    Frogs 'n Fish Workshop

    Alexandra Knight (Participant)

    15 Aug 201816 Aug 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic eventCommunity

    Whitehead Street Wetland Open Day

    Alexandra Knight (Participant)

    04 Dec 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic eventCommunity

    Hop Into Frogs: A teaching resource about frogs and wetlands around Corowa and districts

    Alexandra Knight (Consultant)

    20172020

    Activity: Other EngagementDevelopment/presentation of external coursesCommunity

    Press / Media

    Sloane's froglet habitat rehabilitation to revive endangered populations

    Alexandra Knight

    28/07/19

    5 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    'A really huge effort': Digging deep for the sake of a tiny froglet

    Alexandra Knight

    28/07/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    New habitat for tiny endangered frog in Corowa

    Alexandra Knight

    01/07/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media