Graduate story: Jacqui Taylor
Northern Marine Campaigner, Australian Marine Conservation Society
Bachelor of Applied Science (majoring in marine science management), now Bachelor of Marine Science and Management
Jacqui Taylor has always been passionate about connecting people with nature, whether as a dive instructor, tour guide, filmmaker, whale researcher or working with Indigenous sea rangers to map and record their management of sea country. Now as northern marine campaigner AMCS, she's raising the community's awareness about threats to the Timor and Arafura seas of the Top End.
"What I like most about my job is knowing I'm making a real contribution to the protection of our marine environment in the north of Australia where we have some of the last healthy tropical waters of the planet. Because AMCS is not-for-profit, we have the capacity to influence decision-makers and question all tiers of government. I organise and rally the community against issues that have a detrimental effect on marine life and ecosystems, like seabed mining and the winding back of marine sanctuary zones. People who study environmental science are usually people who are passionate about the environment. In collaboration with scientists, business owners and the wider community, AMCS is able to provide a platform for positive action and a well-balanced and important environmental perspective that isn't offered elsewhere."
Jacqui does media interviews, talks to politicians, speaks at rallies and public meetings, and creates campaigns, promotional material, websites and videos.
"I really like the medium of film as a way to engage people in understanding the value of conservation. I've worked in film for more than four years, working on television series as well as making documentaries mostly about people engaging with the natural environment. The campaign videos I make for AMCS are short films and advertisements telling the personal story of people who identify with our Top End seas and why the seas are so important to them. For these short films I am the producer/director. Between my work in marine science, tourism, and film, I've had a colourful career.
"Managing the marine environment isn't really about managing the resources, it's about managing people to manage those resources. And that really was key in the degree at SCU: understanding the benefits of studying management in conjunction with science if you want to make a difference in the field."