In Class With… Georgia Ward Fear

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Tropical ecologist, reptile biologist and explorer, Dr. Georgia Ward-Fear took on questions from school students around Australia in this exclusive In Class With… event.

Answering questions about her career pathway, ecology and reptiles, and working with invasive species, Georgia inspires students to do what they love and make the most of opportunities.

For students learning about the use and influence of science, and human impact on the environment, this In Class With… will inspire, engage and answer all the big questions!

Video Length: 17:56 min

Meet Georgia:

Like many of us, as a child Georgia was inspired by Sir David Attenborough.  She watched as he investigated the mysteries of nature and decided she wanted to do that too.

Georgia has successfully developed a technique to reduce the impact of wild cane toads on native fauna.  Cane toads are an introduced species to Australia, and poison many Australian animals, such as quolls, goannas, snakes, and crocodiles.  Her work trains these animals to dislike the taste of toads (like the aversion we can get when we’ve had food poisoning caused by a certain food).  The works is working towards saving these Australian ecosystems.

Georgia collaborates with the indigenous ranger network across northern Australia and produces educational material for the public.  She has been a Val Street Scholar (2013-2016) and a NSW Tall Poppy (2021), and is part of the Homeward Bound Initiative (2019) – a global network of Women in STEM, collaborating to influence global environmental policy.

Georgia is a huge advocate for equality and diversity in science.  She is a ‘Superstar of STEM’, a program run by Science and technology Australia aiming to smash gender stereotypes across STEM and encouraging more girls to study and work in STEM fields

An adventurous spirit, Georgia has trekked through many continents and travelled thousands of kilometers in a sea kayak to live with the people of the pacific islands.  Such experiences fuel her passion for conversation research here and abroad.

Explore more:

To find out more about Georgia and her amazing adventures, purchase a copy of her Aussie Stem Stars book here.

The accompanying teachers notes allow you to guide students on a deeper exploration of Georgia’s journey and how she became a STEM superstar.

This resource is supported by the Wild Dingo Press, Aussie STEM Stars Series

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