Get to know our team: Talitha Kaehne

Today we're learning more about the coordinator of our award-winning citizen science project Reef Watch SA: Talitha Kaehne.


What’s your role at Conservation SA?

Reef Watch Coordinator and Project Support Officer for the MLR Southern Emu-Wren and Fleurieu Swamps Project.

Tell us a bit about your project/work:

Delivery and management of the Reef Watch Program and delivery support for the MLRS Emu-Wren and Fleurieu Swamps Project.

What are you reading/watching right now?

I am reading two books at the moment: Other Minds: The octopus and the evolution of intelligent life by Peter Godfrey-Smith, and have just started The Call of the Reed Warbler by Charles Massy. I’ve also been watching the original series of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.

Have a favourite quote?

“Now there are some things in the world we can’t change – gravity, entropy, the speed of light, the first and second Laws of Thermodynamics, and our biological nature that requires clean air, clean water, clean soil, clean energy and biodiversity for our health and well-being. Protecting the biosphere should be our highest priority or else we sicken and die.

Other things, like capitalism, free enterprise, the economy, currency, the market, are not forces of nature, we invented them. They are not immutable, and we can change them. It makes no sense to elevate economics above the biosphere, for example.” – David Suzuki

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

Give frank and fearless advice.

Who’s someone you really admire?

My mother, who inspires me with her kindness, wisdom and values every day.

What’s your favourite Australian native animal?

How can I possibly choose just one!! But I do really like the Striped Legless Lizard (Delma impar) . I was very fortunate to work with these beautiful animals many years ago. They are listed as Endangered here in SA, with a status of Extinct/Endangered. About 99.5% of their native grassland habitat has been destroyed or drastically altered since European settlement.

What’s your favourite place in SA?

The coastal environment along the Coorong and South East – I am a fan of coastal geomorphology and cultural astronomy, and I love the stories and landforms that are unique to this region.

What’s been your proudest moment at Conservation SA?

Proudest moment? This happens every single day! I am so proud to work for SA’s peak conservation organisation and be part of the inspirational team at Conservation SA. Being surrounded every day by environmental and management experts, who are just as passionate about environmental conservation as I am, is the dream! 

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