Team profiles

Jo Harding : Bush Blitz Manager:

Jo Harding

Bush Blitz Manager

Jo Harding (MPhil (Wildlife Conservation Management); BA) is the Bush Blitz Manager. Jo has undertaken field work in Australia, Thailand and Vietnam. Before moving into the field of natural resource management she studied non-human primates and has published and presented scientific papers on the study of wild and captive primate behaviour, ecology and taxonomy. Jo has worked and travelled in Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. She has 3 children and lives in Canberra.

Beth Tully : Bush Blitz Project Officer:

Beth Tully

Bush Blitz Project Officer

Beth's (B. Science) primary role with the team is collating species lists and facilitating the publication of Bush Blitz reports. She has 18 years experience managing data including scientific data and 14 years working in publishing. Beth has a deep interest in ecology and the environment and has worked with a number of landcare and volunteer conservation organisations.

Mim Jambrecina : Bush Blitz Senior Project Officer:

Mim Jambrecina

Bush Blitz Senior Project Officer

Mim coordinates and leads field expeditions, publishes reports, oversees Indigenous engagement for the Bush Blitz team and a host of other things. Her academic studies encompass anthropology, museum curatorship, cultural heritage and wildlife management. She is passionate about protected areas and has worked for Parks Australia since 2001 with postings to Kakadu, Uluru Kata-Tjuta and Booderee National Parks, in all areas of park management. Her work has taken her to many interesting places including Papua New Guinea and Antarctica.

Kate Gillespie : Bush Blitz Senior Project Officer:

Kate Gillespie

Bush Blitz Senior Project Officer

Kate (B. Science - Honours in Zoology) is a Bush Blitz Senior Project Officer and Field Team Leader. Kate joined the Bush Blitz team in 2010 and has lead 19 Bush Blitz expeditions across every state and territory in Australia. Kate has over 15 years experience in undertaking biological field survey management and ecological impact assessments for the private and government sectors. She has undertaken volunteer work for a number of conservation organisations and worked on threatened species programs throughout Australia. Originally from Melbourne, Kate has also lived and worked in Ireland as an ecologist and has undertaken coyote research in California USA. Kate has been playing AFL for over 5 years.

Bella Miras : Bush Blitz Project Officer - Contracts:

Bella Miras

Bush Blitz Project Officer - Contracts

Bella Miras is the Bush Blitz contracts officer. Bella has years of experience working with grant programs. She has worked for the Defence Material Organisation as well as other departments on many grant programs. Bella has always had an interest in animals and has studied a few different animal care courses. She plans on studying more in the near future.

Dr Brian Hawkins : Bush Blitz Senior Project Officer - Data Manager:

Dr Brian Hawkins

Bush Blitz Senior Project Officer - Data Manager

Brian’s work for Bush Blitz includes: making maps, planning expeditions and choosing survey sites with GIS (Geographic Information System) technology; using survey gap modelling to inform the selection of future Bush Blitz locations; collating and distributing data; educating the public through tours, talks and articles; and leading/assisting with expeditions, both in the field and in the preparatory stages.
Prior to joining Bush Blitz in 2014, Brian spent 10 years working as an ecologist and educational ranger in northern NSW. During this time he also completed a doctoral thesis on the landscape ecology of forest birds. Brian has an honours degree in Environmental Science and University Medal from the University of NSW, and a PhD in Ecology from Monash University.
He likes to squeeze in a bit of sneaky birdwatching when he can.