”Science gives me a way of explaining and understanding the world. For some of us, it’s a bit of a religion,” said Karly Learmouth. “Within days of starting my degree, I knew I’m going to work on saving threatened species.”
Karly had been interested in science, particularly native flora and fauna, since she was a girl “poking around” the Whipstick State Forest near where she grew up in Bendigo. She studied science at TAFE then worked with Gribbles Pathology for five years before deciding she needed a degree. “The degree opened up opportunities I would never have had otherwise and lifted the glass ceiling.”
Karly graduated with a major in environmental science from Monash Science in March 2009 and is now working in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning as a Planning Officer. She works on programs designed to safeguard threatened species of flora and fauna from Grey-headed Flying-foxes to Mallee fowl to Spiny Rice Flower. Based in Bendigo, she monitors the species, works out what is threatening them and tries to arrange funding and help for conservation programs.
Said Karly, “The degree opened up opportunities I would never have had otherwise and lifted the glass ceiling.”