Contact Officers serve as the first point of contact for any concerns relating to diversity, discrimination, bullying, or harassment. Any individual who has witnessed or believes they have been subject to unacceptable behaviour are encouraged to contact the SCBO Contact Officers by email.
Dr Blake Alexander Simmons
Blake Alexander Simmons is a Research Associate at Queensland University of Technology. His work focuses on how environmental, political, and cultural factors influence conservation decisions in social-ecological systems, and how we can change behaviours to achieve positive outcomes for people and nature. He has previously served on the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity sub-committee for ICCB 2019 and The University of Queensland Ally Network. He currently serves as an ombuds for SCB Global and is a trained contact officer with the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland.
Dr Monica Awasthy
Monica is the Urban Bird Program Manager at BirdLife Australia. She has a background in urban ecology, citizen science, environmental education and community-based participatory approaches to conservation. She currently serves as the Oceania section representative on the SCB Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a trained contact officer with the Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland.