School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
With a background in wildlife conservation Kate’s research areas of interest looks at the social aspects of biodiversity conservation including governance and protected area planning and management. Past projects include human-wildlife interactions in the marine and terrestrial environment, identifying and minimising visitor impacts through visitor management techniques in protected areas, improving links between science and policy, and integrating ecological and social sciences in nature based tourism research.
Kate has extensive experience in collaborating closely with the park agencies, and has produced technical reports on management planning, improving the sustainability of natural area tourism and using visitor data more effectively. A key focus of her work now focuses on exploring human values, perceptions and attitudes, all of which are of particular importance to the sustainable management of our natural areas. Kate is a founding member of the Nature Based Tourism Research Group at Murdoch University.