Todd Bell’s love of wildlife and the outdoors has shaped not only his work life, but his personal experiences.
After graduating from the Duncraig campus in 2000, Todd completed a semester of Molecular Genetics at Curtin University before pursuing his environmental passion and switching to a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Animal Science, at UWA.
“The Animal Science was a four-year degree with a dissertation component focusing on Wildlife Ecology & Management, Natural Resource Science and Agricultural Science units,” Todd said.
"During my fourth year I completed a research project with the support of Alcoa studying the impact of returning fauna habitat, through logs and rocks, on mammal density and diversity in jarrah forest rehabilitation.”
This project sparked Todd’s interest in mine rehabilitation and started his network of contacts in the mining field. He then worked with the Department of Water before travelling for two years, using London as a base to explore Europe, North Africa and the east cost of the USA.
Travel has been a regular feature in Todd’s life – his passport containing stamps from 45 countries around the globe.
“This year my partner and I went on a safari through Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe to visit Victoria Falls, Chobe and Hwange NPs.”
“Last year I went on an Amazon adventure with Tamandua Expeditions to help further the knowledge on the green anaconda and short-eared dog.
“This trip was an Explorers Club flag carrying expedition and explored Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain.
“I completed a number of deep jungle treks in search for some of the elusive wildlife and I have been to Iceland, France, Italy, Bulgaria and Kyrgyzstan for ice climbing and mountaineering.”
Todd said completing a 250m multi-pitch ice climb in Kyrgyzstan during winter, and managing to return with all of his of fingers and toes, was a personal highlight, with Antarctica next on the travel list as the only continent he hasn’t visited.
When Todd returned to Australia after his two-year travel break, he worked with Alcoa at their Huntly mine and then with coal, gold and iron ore companies to environmentally manage their sites.
“The role at Alcoa grew my passion for the mine rehabilitation field and I am now working for Anglo American as Principal Rehabilitation in their Technical and Sustainability Department covering their global operations,” Todd said.
“I have contributed to the rehabilitation of large areas of mine affected land and helping drive their sustainable closure. Some of this land has meet the criteria for being returned to the government / post mining land users to continuing being productive.
“My current role affords me the opportunity to travel and experience Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe); in 2018 I spent approximately 16 weeks travelling overseas to work on mine site rehabilitation projects and in 2019, I will be spending more time in Southern Africa and helping to develop projects in South America.”
Not surprisingly, Todd lists adventuring and anything outdoors or to do with wildlife among his hobbies. He is currently spending his spare time bouldering and rock climbing.
Now residing in Brisbane with his partner, and looking to adopt a rescue dog this year, Todd’s parents still live in the Duncraig area, with his niece and nephew now at St Stephen’s School.
“The School enabled me to meet some lifelong friends and provide me with the skills required to seamlessly adapt into tertiary education,” he said.