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Scholarship Recipients

Liz Wall

Liz is the non-executive chairman of a mining company and an independent consultant with more than 20 years of global experience assessing and addressing social and environmental impacts associated with large projects in developing countries.  A New Zealander by birth, Liz has lived and worked in four continents and is devoted to helping communities in developing countries experience the positive benefits and minimise the adverse impacts of natural resource sector led development. She believes that development requires a comprehension of the social, environmental and economic factors at play in every project. This has led her to undertake a mid-career PhD looking at benefit sharing models between Indigenous communities and mining companies, for which she has received a top-up research degree scholarship from CRC TiME.

Ebony Cowan

Ebony is a PhD candidate at Murdoch University and Kings Park Science. She investigates the responses of post-mine rehabilitated banksia woodland communities between the ages of three to 26 years to fire and fire related treatments. This knowledge is crucial to determining likely responses to disturbances, driving the sustainability of rehabilitation efforts.

Ebony is passionate about promoting biodiverse environments and understanding the ability of rehabilitation to bounce back following disturbances. Her work with CRC TiME will synthesise how resilience is used in industry and regulatory bodies, enabling a targeted effort towards promoting ecological resilience in rehabilitation.

Jake Eckersley

Jake is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. His work as a researcher and as a botanical consultant has focused on riverine ecosystems in the Pilbara and understanding how changes to hydrology as a result of mining practices may alter ecological functioning. As part of his PhD, operating in collaboration with CRC TiME, Rio Tinto, BHP, Fortescue Metals group and the Department of Biodiversity conservation and attractions, Jake is working to improve understanding of litterfall, which is a major component of nutrient recycling in semi-arid environments. Additionally, his research explores the utility of satellite remote sensing products in the creation of dynamic, regional scale models of ecological processes, such as vegetation carbon and nutrient transfers, to improve vegetation monitoring and rehabilitation outcomes in the Pilbara.