Our Team

Dr Kirsti Abbott

Scientist

Kirsti is an ant ecologist and science educator at University of New England in Armidale, NSW. After spending many years looking at tiny insects on tropical islands she now coordinates School of Ants Australia, and in 2015 is travelling around Australia with School of Ants and her family. To get her going on a good rant, ask her about the amount of time primary school kids get outside looking and learning about nature, or the general lack of enthusiasm for bugs these days…..

Dr Kirsti Abbott

Steve Tremont

Scientist

Steve has had a lifelong interest in adventure and zoology, and for most of his adult life he has worked professionally as a wilderness guide and a fauna consultant, travelling to many remote regions within Australia, Antarctica and Sub-Antarctic islands. These two professions have melded into the most perfect job in the world for him – being outdoors and observing the animal wonders therein. Steve recently changed career direction by starting a PhD at UNE with the Insect Ecology Lab studying the diversity and taxonomy of ants in northeast NSW. He is our resident regional ant expert with the School of Ants team, identifying and curating ants from all over the country.

Steve Tremont

Matt McKenzie

Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre

Matt is the current principal of Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre, just outside Armidale NSW. He learnt to love the great outdoors as a youngster as he followed his older brother on many an adventure into the bush.  A move to Dubbo gave him an opportunity for virtually his dream job, and a permanent position as the teacher at the Environmental Education Centre in Dubbo. As Principal at Thalgarrah EEC he shares his love for the forest and the river with students from around the New England Tablelands and beyond.

Matt McKenzie


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