The Central Australian team
The halls of the Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI) have seen some changes in recent months with staff movements bringing a new mix of knowledge and experience and creating a buzz around the office.
Earlier this year, we welcomed Angus Duguid to the Regional Director Southern role. Angus brings over 25 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge from working with the former Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Parks and Wildlife Commission in various environmental science management, assessment and monitoring roles. Angus is no stranger to AZRI and has been living and working in Alice Springs for nearly 30 years. He originally trained in agriculture and forestry before moving to the Northern Territory and working as a botanist and fire ecologist, and on wetlands and waterholes. Some readers may have met him on past field trips to your properties.
We welcome back Alison Kain to the role of Pastoral Production Officer where much of her role will be helping her colleagues deliver extension materials on various topics and pastoral projects studied in recent years. Alison’s drive and ability to simplify complex concepts, combined with her ‘can do’ attitude and corporate knowledge will be a great asset to the team. Despite only working part-time, Alison has already made an impact.
Technical Officer, Kirsten Skinner has already been working with the livestock industries development team for several months, managing and collecting research data. Kirsten previously worked on a feral fox research project in Central Australia. Before moving to Australia, she worked in Africa with large herbivores and carnivores. Lucky for us, she’s happy to get up close and personal with the friendly AZRI cattle!