Ginninderra Project Team – Staff spotlight on Jacqui Stol

Many in the local community will recognise Jacqui Stol from her work leading our community planting days at CSIRO Ginninderra. She is also known for her other science engagement and guided ecological tours across the region either with Landcare or other conservation and natural resource management groups.

Jacqui is a Senior Experimental Scientist in the Biodiversity, Ecosystem Knowledge and Services Research Program at CSIRO Land and Water.

Jacqui joined CSIRO in 1990, since then she has managed and worked on a broad range of research projects specialising in vegetation ecology, biodiversity and science communications.

Jacqui uses her ecology and woodlands expertise to coordinate and manage the ecology component underpinning the sustainable development of the Ginninderra project.

A large part of her role is about helping develop the long-term science and the vision for Ginninderra. This involves reviewing and providing advice on key ecological and biodiversity management issues and opportunities.

“This is a fascinating and very wide-ranging role that commenced in 2015 with a number of other CSIRO ecologists to develop the ecological vision and planning for enhancing and maintaining the ecological values of the site, while progressing the broader Ginninderra project objectives,” Jacqui said.

Jacqui’s role also involves many practical and interesting components, including:

Jacqui is also tasked with identifying opportunities for collaborating and fostering community engagement -including Indigenous communities. Recently, for example, Jacqui has been working with the Ginninderra Catchment Group around community planting days, baseline surveys, and the development and implementation of longer term monitoring of species and habitats.

“My various tasks within the Ginninderra project work synergistically in many ways. A great example of that has been our partnership with the Ginninderra Catchment Group to plant over 3000 native shrubs in two of our woodland areas to provide key bird foraging and nesting habitat and restore the patchy shrubby layer,” Jacqui said.

And finally, as CSIRO is a scientific organisation, Jacqui and her team are developing an ecological and monitoring framework for short and long-term science experimental work. This will help provide new knowledge about the best ways to manage for the continuing longevity of ecological values in a newly developing urban environment like Ginninderra.

Ginninderra Project Team – Staff spotlight on Tim Muster

Dr Tim Muster is a Principal Research Scientist and the Team Leader of Adaptive Liveable Cities at CSIRO Land and Water.

Coming into his 16th year at CSIRO, Dr Muster plays a key role in the science integration for the Ginninderra project, seeking to better prepare our cities for the future using circular economy and systems research.

Dr Muster commenced with the Division of Building Construction and Engineering in 2001 where he developed global standing in understanding and sensing of metal infrastructure. This included being awarded two Australasian Corrosion Association Marshall-Fordham best research paper awards (2003 & 2005), receiving CSIRO’s John Philip Best Young Scientist Award in 2007 and leading commercial projects for Boeing, BHP and the Water Research Foundation.

In 2008, Dr Muster turned his focus to strategic areas associated with the efficient use of materials and resource consumption, leading him to explore the circular economy and the production of materials and energy from waste streams.

In 2011, Dr Muster was the recipient of a CSIRO Julius Career Award for nutrient recovery from wastewater.

Since 2015, Dr Muster has been working on the Ginninderra project and is extremely motivated by the opportunity for CSIRO to make a sizeable contribution to the science of cities, and to enable collaborators such as Government agencies, community groups, universities and innovative companies to collectively contribute towards an improved future.

Dr Muster’s role in the Ginninderra Project is to understand the needs for the development and to translate this information to scientists within CSIRO and CSIRO’s broader networks.

“During my time at CSIRO, I’ve collaborated broadly across the organisation and have delivered projects to many different sectors. I seek to connect the right science capability to bring the best minds to the issue,” he said.

Nationally, there are growing pressures on our urban environments that need to be solved – such as transport, housing affordability, liveability, while lowering carbon dependence and reducing environmental impact.

“This is our chance to develop a greater scientific understanding of how urban areas can give something back; whether it be building with sustainable materials, creating energy from waste, regenerating the environment, or establishing new models for the community to share data, participate, bust myths and innovate,” Dr Muster said.

Science outcomes are a crucial focus for CSIRO and are also closely linked to outcomes for the community and for broader Australia.

Project update – September

As the second stage of our development partner procurement continues, this month we were pleased to introduce additional members of the Ginninderra Project team.

As CSIRO’s Acting Director of Business and Infrastructure Services, Joe Colbert is leading the planning and strategic development of CSIRO’s Ginninderra initiative. With his diverse background in business and strategic planning, property management, procurement, health and environmental sustainability, Joe is ideally equipped to manage the project and the associated strategic planning and delivery.

Matt Adcock has lived and breathed research for two decades and continues to do so at CSIRO. Matt’s role in the Ginninderra project is to investigate how new forms of stakeholder engagement can be used to enable greater understanding and collaboration between residents, developers, government and others. One example has been the use of drone photography, presented in a Virtual Reality (VR) headset at the community consultation sessions.

Simon Toze has been a leader within CSIRO’s urban research for more than a decade and currently plays an important role within the Ginninderra Project Team as a Principal Senior Research Scientist. Simon has been developing research into resilient urban systems to benefit Australian and international communities. More specifically, he has been looking into how to make the site become a model water-wise development which achieves a zero water-discharge.

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