Pippa Featherston is a PhD student with the Research Institute of Environment and Livelihoods at CDU researching ecohydrological impacts of land use change in the Douglas-Daly River catchment.
Pippa returned from a year as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Thailand (2012), with a growing interest in sustainable land use, agriculture, development and its effects on rivers. Working as a project officer at Khon Kaen University she was part of the Sustainable Mekong Research Network. Specifically researching making economic integration work for the rural poor through contract farming practices. She also worked on the local northeast Thailand study of the Mekong Region Futures Project (CSIRO AusAid Research for Development Alliance).
Pippa comes to us after several years at CSIRO working on Indigenous values and river flows. A Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge project she spent several seasons quantifying the Indigenous resource use of tropical rivers in the Daly River (NT) and Fitzroy River (WA) catchments.
During her honours degree Pippa examined the food web dynamics in the freshwater rivers of the Kimberley with emphasis on dietary ecology of turtles. She has a B. Env. Sci. (Hons) from the University of Canberra and loves all things mountain biking and running.