Head Hunter

Meet the Head Hunters. They’re actually just people who have enthusiasm for- and sometimes work with- the green plants that make life on Earth possible.

Let’s hear some of their stories and learn about what they do.

Field Botanist: Nick Fitzgerald

Field Botanist: Nick Fitzgerald

--> Name: Nick Fitzgerald --> What do you do?  I've just commenced a PhD at the University of Tasmania. My research is investigating changes in vegetation on Macquarie Island which are related to the eradication of rabbits from the island. --> ...
Horticultural Coordinator: David Reid

Horticultural Coordinator: David Reid

1. Name/ Title:  David Reid / Horticultural Coordinator at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens 2.Profession:  Horticulture Management / Living Collections Management 3.Describe what you do:  I am responsible for the overall management of the Li...
Hunter of Carnivorous Plants: Darren Cullen

Hunter of Carnivorous Plants: Darren Cullen

1. Name / Title: Darren Cullen 2. Profession: Public Servant 3. Where do you work? The Justice Department 4. What first interested you in horticulture?   Two things stand out. One, when I was child someone, I can’t remember who, gave me ...
Market Gardener: Paulette Whitney

Market Gardener: Paulette Whitney

1. Name / Title: Provenance Growers, Paulette Whitney 2. Profession: Market gardener, nursery horticulturalist and edible plant nerd. 3. What do you do? Together with my family, husband Matt Deakin and two daughters, Elsie and Heidi, I run...
Rhododendron Expert: Ian Chalk

Rhododendron Expert: Ian Chalk

  Name / Title: Ian Chalk Profession: Retired Farmer – Previously farmed with wife Jennifer at Doctors Rocks Farm, a grazing and cropping property 200 Ha (500 acre) on Tasmania’s North West Coast. We continue to run a forestry operation of 7...
Tas Flora Curator: Chris Lang

Tas Flora Curator: Chris Lang

1. Name / Title : Chris Lang 2. Profession: Curator Tasmanian Flora 3. Describe what you do : I am responsible for the curation of Tasmanian native themed plant displays at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG). Curation, by definition,...
Horticultural Botanist: Natalie Tapson

Horticultural Botanist: Natalie Tapson

Name / Title : Natalie Tapson Profession : Horticultural Botanist Describe what you do : I work at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) and my job is never boring, there are many different aspects to it. I keep the database of all the...
Seedbank Manager: James Wood

Seedbank Manager: James Wood

1. Name / Title:  James Wood / Seedbank Manager 2. Profession:  Seed Conservationist 3. Describe what you do:  I manage the conservation seedbank program at the Botanic Gardens.  Seedbanking is the long-term preservation of plant seed or spo...
Outreach Ecologist: YD Bar-Ness

Outreach Ecologist: YD Bar-Ness

Name?  Yoav Daniel Bar-Ness What do you do? : I'm a generalist, but I first came to Tasmania as a scientist studying treetop biodiversity. I currently edit Tasmanian Geographic, a free online magazine at http://www.tasmaniangeographic.com. What's ...

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