Alison Lullfitz

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  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • The University of Western Australia (M701), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

I work as a Research Associate based at UWA Albany, often in close collaboration with Indigenous Elders to increase implementation of traditional ecological knowledge to contemporary biodiversity conservation and societal wellbeing. I completed a PhD in 2019 entitled Vegetation Responses to Noongar Land Management Practices in Old and Young Landscapes of South Western Australia. This collaborative field-based botanical research project combined traditional knowledge of Noongar Elders, contemporary botanical survey techniques, and plant genetics analysis.

Prior to commencing my PhD in 2013, I worked in a variety of biodiversity conservation, environmental management and training roles in southwestern Australia and southern Africa. 

My research interests are cross-cultural ecology and conservation biology, in particular:

  • Human interactions with landscapes and plant communities
  • Two-way science and collaborative research approaches
  • Application of traditional ecological knowledge to contemporary biodiversity conservation.

Current projects

I am currently working on two projects:

  • Walking Together: applying Noongar traditional ecological knowledge to modern natural resource management (2020-2024, in partnership with South Coast NRM and funded by Lotterywest); and
  • Healing Land, Healing People: Novel Nyungar Perspectives (2020-2024, in partnership with Curtin University and Deakin University, funded by ARC).

Both projects are focused on conserving Noongar/Nyungar traditional ecological knowledge in south western Australia, facilitating both its application and re-empowerment of Indigenous peoples to manage traditional country.

Teaching overview

I coordinate and co-teach ENVT5310 Biodiversity on Country with Professor Steve Hopper and Menang and Goreng Noongar Elders, and am currently or have co-supervised the following students:

  • Cramp, 2020- (PhD.)
  • McFarlane, 2020- (Hons)
  • Heffernan, 2020- (Hons)
  • Rodrigues, 2020- (Hons)
  • Carey, 2020- (Masters prelim)
  • Guislain, 2019- (Masters, University of Bristol).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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