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Thousands of waders covering the shoreline of Roebuck Bay, Kimberley, Western Australia © Alexander Watson / WWF-Aus

Alexander Watson profile photo. Courtesy of Alexander Watson

Alexander Watson

Kimberley Program Manager

I’m a conservation scientist who works to protect natural biodiversity and, where possible, empower Indigenous peoples.

I work in the Kimberley – a massive, almost intact land and seascape that’s home to many species that have gone extinct elsewhere in Australia. My job is to work with the region’s Traditional Owners and Indigenous Rangers to protect the region's threatened species, to find remaining populations and to act to protect them. To do this, we use direct land management strategies (including fire regimes and feral animal management) and indirect strategies, like increasing the protected area network to ensure these species are protected into the future.

In the summer months I work as a marine mammal and seabird guide on expedition ships in the sub-Antarctic Islands and Antarctica, and as a forest ecologist throughout Southeast Asia.

Prior to working for WWF, I was a lecturer in conservation biology and ecology at Edith Cowan University, a campaigner for the Western Canada Wilderness Committee in British Columbia, and a National Program Manager for the environmental non-government organisation Leave No Trace in Australia.

I’ve worked in tropical waters for the Australian Government assessing the impacts of oil spills on marine biodiversity and I’ve published a range of scientific reports on Australia's National Reserve System, the effects of habitat fragmentation on woodland birds and the impact of oil spills on biodiversity.

I feel privileged to work with the Indigenous Rangers, Country Managers and Traditional Owners to help preserve the extraordinary natural and cultural values of this ancient landscape so that future generations have the opportunity to experience one of the last strongholds for biodiversity on the planet.