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Fidelma Butler


I have over 25 years of experience working in academia and the public and private sectors. I am an ecologist with expertise in a broad range of topics inter alia vertebrate pest management, animal ecology, mammal surveying, invertebrate surveying, animal behaviour, environmental education and conservation. As an ecologist I appreciate the interactions between many different topics and the main focus of my diverse range of experience has been the solution of ecological questions via the development of education and training, and the provision of data for informed management strategies.
The issue of biodiversity loss is global in scale but many of the solutions will be local. Such remedial measures that are needed to halt and reverse this loss still require data on the distribution and abundance of biota. Much of my expertise centres on surveying animals and I have worked on a wide range of mammal species. 
Solutions to ecological management problems require an understanding of the context of the problem and the provision of relevant data to inform the solution but, crucial also is the ability to interact with stakeholders. I have worked with a diverse range of industry partners from foresters, to pest control operators to airport authorities. I value co-operation and collaboration and have thus developed experience in assembling teams that are appropriate to address and provide solutions to ecological problems. 

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