Humans of IFE: Marcus Yates

20th April 2018

Position: Site Technician, Samford Ecological Research Facility

Field of expertise: Natural resource management

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on a proposed reforestation project adjacent to Samford Creek in the south western corner of the Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF). I am collaborating with QUT colleagues to design, plan and establish the reforestation of approximately 2000 square metres of riparian species, which would have been previously cleared for grazing or small crops.

Why is your work important?

This particular project benefits our existing flora and fauna communities by increasing animal habitat and biodiversity in the region, and will reduce and hopefully eliminate existing environmental weeds.

What excites or inspires you about your field?

I get a sense of gratification in contributing towards sustaining the ecological integrity of our natural environment and minimising the human impact. Working at SERF gives me these opportunities.

What are your hopes for the future?

SERF encompasses 37 hectares of remnant dry sclerophyll forest - the last significant forest type of this size in Samford and its surrounding regions. It has 1.3 kilometres of pristine riparian vegetation meandering along the western boundary.

I hope SERF will continue to be used for many years as a living lab for students from many diverse disciplines and for ongoing collaborative ecological research. I also hope this will be an impetus for sustainable environmental policy changes.

Read more about the Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF).

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