Samantha Bywaters

Samantha Bywaters

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


All Sam ever wanted to do was be a park ranger, but after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Conservation Technology) at the University of New England, NSW, it was difficult to land a park ranger job. Sam remained keen to work in the field of environmental management so for the last 20 years has worked at TAFE SA teaching others how to be Park Rangers. Sam is also an active volunteer with Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries, the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and the Earth Hour program. When the opportunity arose to work on the Wild Orchid Watch project as a PhD student Sam jumped at the chance. Sam is researching how wild Australian orchids are being impacted by climate change and what can be done about it.

  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1991 - 1994 University of New England (Lismore) Australia Bachelor of Applied Science (Conservation Technology)
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Martín-Forés, I., Bywaters, S. L., Sparrow, B., & Guerin, G. R. (2022). Simultaneous effect of habitat remnancy, exotic species, and anthropogenic disturbance on orchid diversity in South Australia. Conservation Science and Practice, 4(4), 13 pages.
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  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2019 Irvine, K., Sparrow, B., O'Neill, S., Guerin, G. R., Tokmakoff, A., Munroe, S., . . . Lawrence, R. (2019). Wild Orchid Watch: creating a citizen science program. Poster session presented at the meeting of Ecological Society of Australia conference, 'ESA19: Science for Practical Solutions'. Launceston, Tasmania.

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