Conservation in action
Daniella Teixeira believes it takes more than a science degree to make an impact on wildlife conservation.
As an undergrad I studied marine biology and after graduating I found a job as a casual fisheries surveyor and then as a conservation and environmental officer. My main area of expertise is wildlife biology and monitoring, but I’ve always felt that taking courses in arts and humanities helped me to achieve good outcomes for conservation.
STEM is only one part of the equation to solving environmental problems – you need to understand how other parts function before you can make a real difference.
I really enjoyed working in research and realised conservation was my passion, so I went on to do a Masters degree in conservation biology at the University of Queensland.
What I learned from my conservation biology degree
My postgrad studies taught me specific research skills like experimental design and data analysis, while exposing me to industry and the ‘real life’ challenges of conservation.
All of this helped to secure my next job as a fisheries scientist. I was able to demonstrate that I could work effectively at achieving both environmental and human outcomes – a requirement for working in the government.
I recommend taking every opportunity even if it doesn’t seem very relevant at the time. Put your hand up to volunteer and make yourself known. There are jobs out there that you don’t even know exist, so don’t be too picky to begin with.
Find out more about UQ’s Master of Conservation Biology.
DANIELLA’S PATH TO CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
2005–2008 Bachelor of Marine Studies (Marine Biology and Ecology) (Honours), University of Queensland
2013–2014 Master of Conservation Biology, University of Queensland
2014–PRESENT Fisheries scientist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
2016–PRESENT PhD candidate in Conservation Biology, University of Queensland
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