I’m Chris and I am a postdoc now after submitting my PhD within QAECO at the University of Melbourne in 2013. My research covers a wide range of topics but my main interests are native vegetation condition, riparian vegetation sampling methods, assessment of change over time, and ecological thinning of dense eucalypt stands. I didn’t originally have a great love for the Australian landscapes, flora and fauna, but have since grown to have such an appreciation for each of them – to see, to touch, to smell, to be a part of, to study. This interest continues to grow and has influenced my past time interest of drawing. I love drawing native plants and insects and how these images can relate to the curiosity we all seem to have in natural history. It is great to be encouraged and inspired to take note of the natural beauty around us and go explore.