Oli Moraes

Oli is a Research Officer in CUR, joining the university in August 2019, and is involved in two interdisciplinary projects with A/Prof Lauren Rickards and A/prof Wendy Steele on research impact and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), and is a member of the Climate Change Transformation's (CCT) program.

Oli is deeply engaged with the climate movement in Australia and the Pacific with organisations like Climate for Change and Climates (where he recently became co-director), and has been integral in both organisations’ establishment and growth over the last 4 years.

Oli has a double Bachelor’s degree in Arts (International Studies) and Science (Geology) from Monash University and a Master of Environment (Climate Change) from the University of Melbourne. He has worked for a range of NGOs on Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Development, and Environmental Education across Australia, South Africa, Brazil, the U.S. and Fiji. He has published social-ecological systems research on blue carbon (mangroves and seagrasses) and community-based approaches to sustainable coastal resource management and climate adaptation in the South Pacific region. He has presented this research at the 2019 Victorian Biodiversity Conference in Melbourne, on public radio and podcasts, and has produced several related outputs including a summary report that was translated into Fijian. He is currently co-authoring research on conservation and climate issues related to Giant Sequoias (Redwoods) in Yosemite, California, in collaboration between the University of California (UC) Merced, the U.S. National Park Service and Yosemite Conservency.

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