Dr Melissa Snape

Senior Ecologist, Conservation Research Unit, ACT Government

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STEM provides an opportunity to take on challenges and make the world a better place.

What do you do?

I work with our local Parks and Conservation Service, policy developers, rural landholders and general community to provide a scientific basis for decision making as it relates to biodiversity conservation.

Why did you choose this field?

I was fascinated by a guest lecture at university which described how reproductive hormones in red kangaroos can be triggered by the smell of rain. That lead me to pursue a PhD in kangaroo reproductive biology, focusing on developing contraceptive vaccines to aid in non lethal management of overabundant wildlife.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I am working in a job I truly love, doing something I am passionate about and feeling like I can influence decision making for the greater good.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love being surrounded by people who are passionate and invested in their work. It inspires me everyday and we look after each other and help one another achieve our very best.

Best advice for next generation?

There is something pretty magical about understanding the world around you from a STEM perspective. It provides an opportunity to flex those curiosity muscles and explore the universe around you, it helps you make strong, educated decisions throughout your life, and it provides an opportunity to take on challenges and make the world a better place.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

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