Stewart completed a Bachelor of Environment Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) at Deakin University in 2018, participating in exchange and internship programs to both Mahidol University in Thailand and the University of International Business and Economics in China. During this time, he gained field experience volunteering and working with many different conservation organisations, such as Parks Victoria, the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, and Love Wildlife.
Stewart worked as a Research Assistant at Deakin University, integrating species trait data from various sources using R in one project, and analysing focus group interviews with Nvivo in another. He later worked for a conservation charity where he honed his skills in data analysis and manipulation, and gained industry experience in the latest tools and methodologies, which he is now excited to bring to academia.
His interest in conservation stems from his upbringing in the country, where he has seen the environmental impacts of development first-hand. He is excited to be working with the McGeoch research group to utilise technology and data to its fullest potential.