Issue 19
Monday, 06 November 2017
Charles Darwin University
A RIEL researcher is vying for an NT environment award
A RIEL researcher is vying for an NT environment award

Researcher heads for awards gala

By Andrew Hall

Long-time RIEL researcher Rohan Fisher is a finalist in the Researcher of the Year category in the 2017 Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) Awards.

Mr Fisher was nominated for his work supporting good natural resource management outcomes in Eastern Indonesia and Northern Australia, through leveraging the power of new free geospatial software tools, data and access portals and developing comprehensive and locally contextualised training material.

“I was surprised and honoured to be nominated for the TNRM Researcher of the Year award,” Mr Fisher said.

“The nomination has come after 21 years working in applied research and capacity building throughout the Northern Territory and Eastern Indonesia.

“It’s been amazing the variety of incredible opportunities for engaging with the diverse cultures and landscape across our region and to be able to learn and share skills for improved natural resource management.

“It’s also been a privilege to be able to work with some brilliant researchers at CDU and to engage with some visionary people in Eastern Indonesia who have supported my work.”

Each year TNRM hosts a conference and awards ceremony that is the only event of its kind in the Northern Territory. It brings together hundreds of people from all walks of life who are dedicated about caring for the environment.

TNRM chief executive Karen May said: “It was apparent by the high standard of nominations we received across the award categories that the Northern Territory is home to a thriving community of individual and group innovators and leaders across the field of sustainable natural resource management.”

Award winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on 22 November at the Darwin Convention Centre as part of the 2017 TNRM Conference.