BSc (Hons, Conservation Biology), BA (Philosophy), PhD.
Email: keren.raiter [at] me dot com
Keren is a conservation ecologist interested in integrating on-ground ecology with practical conservation, well-founded policy and wise, informed decision-making for improved conservation outcomes. In 2016, Keren completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia on the enigmatic ecological impacts of mining and linear infrastructure development in Australia’s Great Western Woodlands. Keren works as an environmental officer at the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Keren has also worked with the Western Australian Department of Water, Friends of the Earth Middle East on regional climate change impacts in the Middle East, and did her honours research on the threat of Phytophthora dieback to plants of significance for Noongar people on the south coast of Western Australia with the Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management.
Keren’s interests include conserving ecological processes that sustain biodiversity in relatively intact systems, finding solutions to complex problems regarding environmental conservation and development; and understanding the ways in which our appreciation of, and connection to nature affect the ecological legacy we create. You can read about her research here.
In her spare time, Keren composes and performs spoken word poetry. She maintains an occasional poetry and storytelling blog at kerengilaraiter.wordpress.com