USC’s Sippy Downs campus is a remarkable environment. A native fauna and flora reserve, rich with diversity, the campus provides amateur and professional wildlife warriors, conservationists, researchers, photographers and artists with a wealth of discoveries.
Every now and then, someone comes to our attention doing something amazing and doing it quietly. No fanfare. Meet Gerard Mills. He's a photographer, an artist, a teacher and a man with a purpose and passion.
Gerard has set himself an immense, but enjoyable, task of photographing the vast diversity of wildlife on USC's Sippy Downs campus. It's a ten year odyssey that sees him walk thousands of kilometres each week in every direction of USC's 100 hectare campus to, in his words, “find out what's there”. You will often see Gerard about campus with his trademark brown hat and his imposing camera slung about his shoulder.
Three years into his mission, Gerard has taken more than 30,000 photographs of USC's wild creatures and their activities on campus. Gerard is geo-tagging each photograph to precisely locate where a creature is and when. He is working closely with USC Animal Ecology scientists, Scott Burnett and David Schoeman, to scientifically identify the different animals and their species.
Their collaboration will be showcased on this website and will help USC record the extraordinary diversity of campus wildlife, their habitats, behaviours, numbers, interactions and other important environmental dynamics. The potential of this work to contribute to the future knowledge and protection of campus wildlife may well be far reaching.