Dry At The Mouth: Witnessing the ecological collapse of The Coorong
Agriculture / Climate change / Science / Water

Dry At The Mouth: Witnessing the ecological collapse of The Coorong

I’ve hooked up with Dr David Paton’s annual summer surveys of the sublime Coorong area of South Australia several times over the years, most memorably taking my kids along as volunteers when they were small. They plucked tiny birds out of mist nets and weighed them, sifted the water for tiny larvae, released pygmy possums … Continue reading

The Butterfly Effect: Reportage from PNG for Griffith Review ‘Writing The Country’
Agriculture / Climate change / Forests / Health / Human Rights / Papua New Guinea

The Butterfly Effect: Reportage from PNG for Griffith Review ‘Writing The Country’

This latest edition of Griffith Review is dedicated to nature writing, exploring a range of environments, investigating “how these places are changing and what they might become; what is flourishing and what is at risk”. It was a chance for me to reflect on the critical but complex business of conservation in PNG, visiting landscape, … Continue reading

Chasing butterflies, and what you find along the way:  ABC RN’s Science Friction
Agriculture / Climate change / Forests / Human Rights / Papua New Guinea

Chasing butterflies, and what you find along the way: ABC RN’s Science Friction

My trip to PNG’s Managalas Plateau conservation area also yielded this radio documentary, produced in collaboration with ABC RN broadcaster extraordinaire Natasha Mitchell. While chasing the elusive and endangered Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly, we explore the hardships facing so many forest-dwelling communities in PNG. Link here. (Image: (COPYRIGHT MUSEUMS VICTORIA; PHOTOGRAPHER BEN HEALLEY) Continue reading

Walkley Awards: Freelance Journalist of the Year 2017
Climate change / Journalism / Prizes

Walkley Awards: Freelance Journalist of the Year 2017

Judge’s Comments: “Jo Chandler was chosen for her compelling body of work exploring climate change. Her self-funded research and reporting delivered engaging features with very human insights into the complex facets of this century’s biggest story.” The Freelance Journalist of the Year Award is awarded by the Walkley Foundation, which oversees Australia’s most prestigious journalism … Continue reading