Rochelle Steven


  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Rochelle Steven, works for WWF-Australia as Species Conservation Project Coordinator, based in the Perth. She holds an Adjunct Research Fellow position with UWA and previously, Rochelle worked as a researcher  at UQ with NESP’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub where she managed projects focused on the role of citizen science in threatened species conservation and in building greater community support for threatened species management. Most recently, she led research developing community involvement in the conservation of the Critically Endangered western ringtail possum in SW WA. More generally, her research themes have explored issues related to human interactions with the environment, both positive and negative – including a PhD on birdwatching and ecotourism. Unusually for a scientist, she’s a ‘people-person’ and enjoys engaging students and the general public alike in nature appreciation, sharing her passion for birds, as well as taking action for conservation on private land through using native plants to create ecologically sustainable gardens. She has been involved in both ecological and social research in diverse settings, including the Australian Alps, Australia's tropical north (NT, Qld), Southeast Queensland, Southwest Australia, Fiji and the United Kingdom. Rochelle's work with WWF-Australia focuses on conservation in the Southwest and Australia more generally. She is seeking opportunities to form partnerships with other conservation-based organisations and projects, with a focus on connecting people to opportunities that will deliver tangible outcomes for conservation. Rochelle also seeks to share her expertise and experience with postgraduate students in Australia as well as delivering guest lectures on myriad topics related to conservation in Australia. Please contact her to discuss potential opportunities. 


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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Conservation, PhD, The relationship between birders, avitourism and avian conservation, Griffith University


Award Date: 15 Apr 2016

Conservation, Honours Degree, Tourism: a threat to birds and a tool for conservation, Griffith University

Mar 2011Oct 2011

Award Date: 1 Dec 2011

Ecology and Conservation Biology, Bachelor of Science, Griffith University


Award Date: 4 Dec 2010

External positions

Species Conservation Project Coordinator, WWF Australia

11 May 2020 → …

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Queensland

Jan 2017Mar 2020

Demonstrator / Lecturer, Griffith University


Research expertise keywords

  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Community Engagement
  • Conservation Outreach
  • Mixed Methods


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