Matt Herring has 15 years experience as an ecologist. His consultancy (Murray Wildlife) is contracted by Landcare and other community conservation groups, as well as government and industry. Working on more than 850 farms in the Murray-Darling Basin, heâ€™s become a strong advocate for working alongside farmers to unleash the conservation potential of private land. He is passionate about the ideal of producing food and conserving biodiversity at the same time.
His projects increase the awareness of local wildlife diversity, empower rural communities with practical knowledge to make positive change, and distill conservation science into locally relevant on-ground actions. Working closely with more than 3000 farmers over an eight year period, he applied a community engagement and wildlife survey model across 3 million hectares in the Murray River region. He has produced a large amount of educational material, and has worked on a broad range of ecological research projects, such as wetland management for threatened waterbirds, environmental flow prioritisation, the role of mistletoe as a keystone resource, and the response of woodland birds to revegetation.
After a seminal study on Brolgas, Matt graduated from Charles Sturt University with first class honours in 2001 and has developed a deep, burgeoning knowledge of biodiversity conservation in Australia, and beyond. In 2010-2011, he helped establish a natural resource management school in the remote Ecuadorian Amazon with the Waorani people, and for four years worked closely with the Kimberley Land Council training Indigenous Rangers in biodiversity surveying and conservation.
Matt has conducted more than 270 field days, seminars, forums, conference presentations and workshops pertaining to ecology, biodiversity and conservation, and has published more than 50 reports, booklets, papers and field guides. He has also reviewed papers and books for Ecological Management and Restoration and Australian Zoologist. Matt has valuable media experience; his work resulting in over 180 newspaper articles, 50 radio interviews and seven television appearances.