Courtney Melton is a PhD student studying in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Queensland. Courtney's project focuses
on the woodland bird decline of eastern Australia. Specifically, her project investigates one of the Key Threatening Processes to woodland birds, the
aggressive exclusion by the overabundant noisy miner, and also investigates different woodland bird conservation management strategies to evaluate
their effectiveness, and propose a series of informed steps for best practice in future management agendas. Courtney has a bachelor degree with Class
1 Honours in Environmental Management, having majored in Natural Systems and Wildlife. She hopes to continue her research career in the conservation
and threatened species management field following the completion of her PhD.