CEED gave me the opportunity to work with people outside my discipline.

Rachel Standish introMy research sits at the nexus between ecological theory and practice so I was excited to join CEED in 2012.

Being part of the centre gave me the opportunity to work collaboratively with other motivated researchers in a wide variety of disciplines outside my own. Through CEED, I developed new, productive and fulfilling collaborations and gained valuable mentoring experience through the CEED ECR mentoring program.

I appreciated CEED workshop initiatives bringing ecologists together. In December 2013 Jane Catford and I hosted a CEED/NERP workshop at Rottnest Island, a 20-minute ferry ride from Fremantle, Western Australia. It was my first experience hosting a workshop and a great opportunity to collaborate with Jane and other renowned ecologists. I have fond memories of the workshop which combined — serious intellectual pursuit in an informal and relaxed natural setting — and it was productive too! We published a meta-analysis on the response of ecosystems to disturbance using datasets attendees brought to the workshop.

Lastly, and perhaps the most beneficial outcome was that CEED reporting improved my ability to communicate the impact and benefit of my research beyond academia. Since physically leaving CEED in 2015 I have become a Senior Lecturer in Ecology at Murdoch University, Perth and in late 2017 I was awarded tenure.

- Dr Rachel Standish