Samantha Newton, Arboretum Coordinator
landscape of Macquarie University. An Arboretum is a living collection of trees. The Macquarie University Arboretum is the result of many years of landscape planning, and includes all the trees and gardens on campus. The park-like grounds provide a drawcard for students nationally and internationally, and the Arboretum has strong links with research and undergraduate teaching.
Prior to working on the Arboretum, I was involved with the Biodiversity working group, an affiliation of staff and students who came together to support the newly established Biodiversity section of Sustainability. The working group supported Belinda Bean in establishing the Bushcare groups, and John Macris in the initial stages of Biodiversity planning across campus. My work with Sustainability is part time, with the remainder of my time spent in the Department of Biological Sciences, providing support to various plant ecology researchers.
Prior to working at Macquarie University, I spent many years at the Nature Conservation Council of NSW in a variety of roles. I am currently on the Executive Committee of the National Parks Association of NSW.