- Major(s): Environmental science
”Science gives me a way of explaining and understanding the world. For some of us, it’s a bit of a religion,” said Karly Learmouth. “Within days of starting my degree, I knew I’m going to work on saving threatened species.”
When Karly Learmonth enrolled in science at Monash after five years in the workforce, she knew she needed a degree to progress professionally but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with it.
Within days of starting environmental science in first year her career path was clear: Learmonth was going to save threatened species. Science unit shifts career focus
"Science gives me a way of explaining and understanding the world. For some of us, it’s a bit of a religion."
“That one environmental science unit was enough to switch my whole focus,” she says.
Learmonth works with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning as a Biodiversity Officer. Karly has worked on programs designed to safeguard threatened species of flora and fauna from Grey-headed Flying-foxes to Malleefowl to Spiny Rice Flower. Karly monitors the species, works out what is threatening them and tries to arrange funding and help for conservation programs.
Asked why she is inspired to help protect native species she says: “They’re kind of voiceless. In my opinion these species have their own intrinsic value.”
In her spare time Learmonth is an avid gardener, bushwalker and a “mad fanatic on birds”. A member of Wildlife Victoria, she helps injured wildlife in a program knitting pouches for rescued animals such as joeys and baby wombats.