About Us

Smyth and Bahrdt Consultants was established by partners Dermot Smyth and Christina Bahrdt in 1987 and has been based in Atherton, north Queensland, Australia since 1997.

Dr Dermot Smyth, Principal Consultant, completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Zoology at the Australian National University, Canberra, in 1970 and a Doctor of Philosophy (Zoology) at James Cook University, Townsville, in 1979. While undertaking wildlife research projects in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and West Africa during his 20s, Dermot developed an interest in the relationships between Indigenous peoples and their local environments, including their role in natural resource management. On returning to Australia, Dermot began working with Aboriginal people, initially in Cape York Peninsula and later elsewhere in Australia, to document their environmental knowledge and to support their struggle for recognition as rightful users and managers of Australia's environments and natural resources. This work led to a long involvement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, Commonwealth State and Territory Government, Regional Natural Resource Management organisations, and conservation NGOs in the development of policies and programmes that support Indigenous peoples' roles as users and managers of National Parks, Marine Parks, Indigenous Protected Areas, fisheries and other natural resources.

Christina Bahrdt completed a Bachelor of Education (Biology and Physical Education) at the Free University of Berlin, Germany, in 1981. During and after her university studies, Christina undertook many arts and craft courses, including leadlighting - a craft she later practiced professionally. After a period of high school teaching in Germany, Christina migrated to Australia in 1983 and began teaching adult education classes in literacy and numeracy on Aboriginal outstations in Gurig National Park (now Garig Ganuk Barlu National Park) in the Northern Territory. Christina also taught craft courses and enjoyed learning traditional crafts from Aboriginal women in the Territory.


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