Meet the Master Class team

Master Class on Leadership for Community Engagement

Professor Ted Alter – Master Class facilitator

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Professor Ted Alter

Dr Ted Alter is a professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics at Penn State University in the United States, and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of New England in Australia.

He was a lead researcher for the community-led action initiative of Australia’s Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre Initiative, and a key advisor on Victoria’s innovative community-led approach to rabbit management.

Ted’s work focuses on community and rural development, resource and environmental economics, the human dimensions of wildlife management, community engagement in natural resource management, public sector economics and policy, institutional and behavioural economics, and public scholarship and civic engagement in higher education.

He was appointed an inaugural fellow in the national Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship, and leads the Pennsylvania Rural Urban Leadership Program as it academic advisor and administrative head.


Dr Tanya Howard – Master Class co-facilitator

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Dr Tanya Howard

Dr Tanya M. Howard has been a research fellow at the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law, University of New England, since 2012. During that time, she has led research investigating how law and policy shapes community engagement in land use conflicts, natural resource planning, invasive species management and collective community action.

Tanya specialises in capacity building for community engagement and extension, working with industry practitioners and community members to achieve on-ground action. In partnership with extension specialists from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, Tanya has developed and delivered industry Master Classes for community engagement and extension for invasive species practitioners.

Prior to academia, Tanya worked in rural and remote communities to deliver natural resource management extension for the Northern Territory Government, Desert Knowledge CRC, the Ecological Society of Australia and Territory NRM.


Lyn Coulston OAM – presenter

Lyn Coulston
Lyn Coulston OAM

Lyn Coulston is Chair of the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce (VBT), and a long-term leader and supporter of community and Landcare groups in the Upper Murray region of Victoria.

As a community member of the Upper Murray Blackberry Action Group and Secretary of the Upper Murray Landcare Network, Lyn is a committed supporter of the community-led approach. She helped form about 18 blackberry and weed eradication action groups across Victoria through the VBT.

Lyn operates a native plant propagation business, was a Board member of the North East Catchment Management Authority for 12 years, and is involved with a broad range of community organisations in north east Victoria.


Darren Marshall – presenter

Darren Marshall
Darren Marshall

Darren Marshall is a specialist in engaging people in effective, coordinated pest animal control and landscape scale environmental management. Darren is currently the Senior Project Officer – Biodiversity and Pest Management with Queensland Murray-Darling Committee.

He is completing a PhD.I, testing different engagement strategies, which use scientific research as a vehicle to motivate landholders to take collective action to address the feral pig issue in Australia.

Darren has also worked with Inglewood Shire Landcare, (the then) Queensland Department of Natural Resources, the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Australian Army. Darren’s interests lie in improving environmental management through working with land managers to tackle issues that can only be addressed at a landscape scale, particularly linking good research with on-ground outcomes.


More presenters to be confirmed in the coming weeks…