Portrait of Peter Zurzolo

Peter Zurzolo, Chief Executive Officer

Peter is the CEO of the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute. Prior to this appointment he was the CEO for the Future Farm Industries Co-operative Research Centre. He has spent much of his career involved in agriculture with specific involvement in commercialisation and management. Previously, Peter was CEO and Executive Director of Interflour Vietnam and has held several Board and senior management positions.

Peter holds an MBA from UWA School of Management, a B.Com (with Honours) from Curtin University and a Post Grad Dip in Treasury.

portrait of Preeti Castle

Preeti Castle, Communications Manager

Preeti has extensive communications experience in strategy and implementation across the corporate and not for profit sector as well as in consulting. Preeti's expertise in transforming complex concepts into clear, concise messages delivers effective stakeholder engagement through the development of targeted strategies and content.

Preeti’s background includes senior roles in environment and financial services; she has worked with mining, information technology and environmental organisations to develop and implement successful communications strategies, along with publishing high quality content to engage a range of stakeholders. 

Preeti holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and is currently completing an MBA at the University of Western Australia.

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Dr Lesley Gibson, Program Director, Biodiversity Survey

Lesley commenced with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (then CALM) as a Research Scientist in 2004, within the Science Division’s Biogeography Program. As a survey zoologist for the Department, she has participated in a regional biological survey of the Pilbara and coordinated a major survey of Kimberley islands. In 2014, she commenced in the role as Leader of the Biogeography Program. Before working with Parks and Wildlife, she was a Research Fellow with Deakin University, Victoria, for 2.5 years, developing predictive distribution models of rare and threatened faunal species.

Prior to this, Lesley worked in south west Queensland for 10 years, where she conducted research on macropods with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and completed her PhD on the nutritional ecology of the greater bilby through Sydney University. Lesley has many research interests, but her current focus is on examining biogeographic patterns in the occurrence and composition of terrestrial fauna, and the influence of environmental attributes on these. A further focus is examining the potential impacts of climate change, and other threatening processes, on terrestrial fauna.

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Dr Guy Boggs, Program Director, Restoration and ex-situ Conservation

Guy Boggs has been working in natural resource management for over 15 years, undertaking research and working with land managers to improve environmental health and agricultural productivity across Australia and internationally in Indonesia, Timor-Leste, South Africa and Iran. Guy has a Bachelor of Science from James Cook University, Bachelor of Science (Honours) from The University of Western Australia and a PhD in Geomorphology/GIS/Mining Rehabilitation from Charles Darwin University. He has published over 40 peer reviewed articles, with a research focus on the use of spatial technologies and information to inform our understanding and management of a range of issues for our biodiversity, water and soil resources including land clearing, salinity, erosion, fire management, invasive species, water quality and hydrology.

Previously, Guy spent five years with Wheatbelt NRM managing a multimillion dollar program that assisted farmers to maintain a productive and environmentally sustainable agricultural industry and 10 years employed in the academic sector as lecturer/senior lecturer in Spatial Information Systems at The University of Western Australia and Charles Darwin University. In his role with WABSI, Guy is responsible for working with end users and WA’s leading research providers to better link biodiversity science with improving ecological restoration and species re-introduction outcomes for the state.  

Portrait of Chris Gentle

Chris Gentle, Program Director, Biodiversity Information Management

Chris has over twenty years’ experience consulting at a strategic level within the information management industry for natural resources and government sectors. He has specialised knowledge in developing and implementing location-intelligence strategies and leading ICT strategy and implementation planning for resource infrastructure capital projects. 
As well as his multi-disciplinary expertise gained through years of working in the data management and systems as well as the engineering services industry, Chris has a collaborative leadership style with a focus on customer outcomes. 

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Technology Management and an MBA from La Trobe University.

Bruce Webber

Dr Bruce Webber, Program Director, Ecosystem Processes and Threat Mitigation

Bruce has over 15 years’ experience as a research scientist focusing on the impacts of global environmental change on plant-ecosystem interactions.  Since 2009 he has been working with CSIRO in Western Australia to improve on ground outcomes for terrestrial biodiversity.  In collaboration with a range of land managers from the south west to the Kimberley, Bruce has led projects that translate novel research findings into improved management solutions to address the biggest challenges at the nexus of landscape change, species invasions and native species resilience.

Bruce has published over 50 peer reviewed articles with a focus on the role of plant-ecosystem interactions in shaping community composition.  He has led CSIRO’s biosecurity presence in Western Australia since 2014.  Previously Bruce spent four years working with the CNRS, the University of York and the University of East Anglia in France and the UK.  Bruce has a BSc(Hons I) in plant ecophysiology and PhD in plant-animal interactions from the University of Melbourne.  He holds a Senior Research Scientist role at CSIRO as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment at the University of Western Australia.

Portrait of Ellin Mangan

Eilin Mangan, Executive Assistant

Eilin has extensive experience providing high level executive and administrative support to senior executives. Her strong administrative background covers education, information technology and banking.

Eilin’s previous roles include that of Executive Assistant at the Energy and Minerals Institute’s International Mining for Development Centre, as well as positions in the Vice-Chancellery, Public Affairs and the School of Business at University of Notre Dame, Fremantle and Vice-Chancellery at The University of Western Australia. She has lived and studied in Aix-en-Provence in France and travelled extensively in Europe and Africa.