Research – Stephanie undertook a Masters Degree in Wildlife Health and Population Management at the University of Sydney in 2015 and elected to do her individual research project with Science for Wildlife (S4W). She spent most of her time out tracking koalas in the Blue Mountains, and helped to analyse our first batch of data looking at how far the koalas move (their home ranges) and how they use different habitats, including food trees and shade trees.
This is critical information; without knowing what habitats the koalas need we can’t conserve them. They are fussy eaters so the trees they choose in each area can be quite different. We have ongoing student and volunteer participation in this aspect of our research, tracking koalas in the Blue Mountains is a real challenge so we need all hands on deck!