Researchers & Research Partners




Rosalie Chapple

Dr Rosalie Chapple (BSc, PhD) was one of the founders of the Institute in 2004 and was Executive Director from 2009 – 2011 and in 2014, and remains on the Board of Directors. From an early research career in animal science (her Doctoral research was on the biology and behaviour of chital deer), Rosalie’s research and university teaching has continually expanded to address broader conservation and related social issues, while maintaining a core interest on the governance and conservation of wildlife and ecosystems. Central to this is the challenge of integrating science and other forms of knowledge and values into environmental policy and management, and in the context of the Institute, especially related to protected conservation areas. Rosalie also teaches at the University of New South Wales in environmental studies.

Anne Fitzgerald
BMWHI Fire Stories and Fire Sticks Social Researcher

Anne Fitzgerald is a social researcher and project facilitator with a background in community development and cross-cultural community engagement. Anne was a also broadcaster with ABC radio of 7 years. Previous research areas include Australian heritage, youth homelessness, IT access impact for low income earners, and self-care within CALD communities. In 2015 Anne has worked for BMWHI facilitating the participant review of Yellomundee Firesticks and as researcher for the Fire Stories impact evaluation project.

Alex head shot photoDr Alex Baumer

Low Carbon Tourism Initiative and Capertee Valley Revegetation Program Research and Development

Dr Alex Baumber currently researches and develops carbon accounting and incentives for the uptake of sustainable business practices as part of the institutes Low Carbon Tourism program. He also leads BMWHI’s involvement in a revegetation trial in the Capertee Valley, titled “Optimising revegetation management for regent honeyeater recovery”.

Alex also works as a UNSW researcher (including BMWHI’s Low Carbon Tourism project) and a lecturer on engineering fundamentals for environmental management. His 2012 UNSW PhD thesis explored ways in which bioenergy plantations could provide incentives to revegetate degraded landscapes, focusing on two case study sites in the NSW central west.

Alex has also worked on the UNSW FATE Program, looking at commercial uses for Australian native species that could contribute to conservation goals. He previously spent three years at the Department of Environment and Heritage in Canberra working on international trade in wild plants and animals.

Daniel Hunter
Dingo Project

Daniel Hunter is a PhD candidate based at the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He is interested in how we can restore ecosystems to benefit biodiversity conservation. I am also affiliated with the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute.

He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a passion for creating natural history and factual films. My most recent film, Battle in the Bush, focusses on my research on predators and trophic cascades and how we can harness these to mitigate native mammal declines.

Barbara Lepani
Social and Technolog Policy Analyst and BMWHI Research Fellow

Barbara specialises in the intersection between environmental sustainability and conservation, and socio-economic innovation through digital deployment. She will also soon join the Board of Directors of the regions peak economic development organisation Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise. She is currently based in the Blue Mountains and works as a senior policy advisor in online security for the Department of Communications, and previously worked on their telework policy, which aimed to bring the benefits of digital deployment to improve the work-life balance of people who live in peri-urban areas like the Blue Mountains.

Barbara’s research background is in the sociology of technology innovation, having worked for many years with the Australian Centre for Innovation at the University of Sydney. She is currently working with BMWHI to establish the Blue Mountains Living Lab, a community of citizen enterpreneurship projects and networks to drive connected-up innovation in the Blue Mountains to support environmental, social and economic sustainability in the age of digital transformation and climate change.

Research Partners

Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living Ltd

NSW Rural Fire Service

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Blue Mountains City Council

Centre for Compassionate Conservation, UTS

Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, UNSW

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, UWS

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