John Read

John Read


Arid Recovery Project

Roxby Downs, South Australia AUS

You can see something as a threat, but also as an opportunity.


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My road in life has been direct.
Grew up interested in playing outside, exploring rocks, catching lizards-says he just never really "grew up."
Went to school to study geology but discovered that rocks "really weren't his thing," he preferred animals.
Did a project studying the effect of a mining operation on an ecosystem and decided to start getting into conservatism.
Says that white Australians' lack of understanding of the land led to overgrazing, introduction of species that were harmful to the environment.
At the Arid Recovery Project, they purged a piece of land of all foreign species and started restoring it to its original state.
The property has already started to recover; he estimates that in 20-30 years, it'll be back to its natural condition.
Grew up in a city in Australia and now lives in the remote Outback, but he calls the move "liberating," rather than intimidating.
Doesn't think he's where he's at "for good," he sees his life continually changing and estimates he'll still make big changes down the line.
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High School
Zoology/Animal Biology
University of Adelaide, Australia
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of New England



I research, monitor, and manage fauna and environmental impacts in the Australian arid zone.

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Upholding a Cause and Belief