Name leads Apanie to water
APANIE Wood’s unusual first name is Aboriginal and means “water”.
Ironically, in her new job, Apanie has visited flood-affected landholders in the Lockyer Valley and Upper Bremer to deal with the damage caused by record rainfall.
For the past month, Ms Wood has been working on a program that promotes sustainable agriculture.
As the community/natural resource management officer with SEQ Catchments in Ipswich, she has seen the aftermath of the January floods, including streambank erosion and landslips.
“We give advice about practices we recommend to make properties more resilient,” she said.
“I love the mix of land management and dealing with people to help them implement practices that create a more sustainable environment.”
Ms Wood studied ecology and marine biology at the University of New South Wales.
She took a year off and moved to Central America, where she lived in Costa Rica and Panama working on sea turtle projects, before returning to study at the University of Queensland (UQ) for an honours project focused on loggerhead turtles.
While based in Brisbane, Ms Woods spent 18 months as the community engagement officer for Mangrove Watch, where she worked with environment groups in the Burnett Mary Region to monitor mangrove health.
She has also worked in the tidal wetlands laboratory of UQ, where she developed a keen interest in mangrove and saltmarsh ecology.