Emeritus Professor Shelley Burgin was among the early graduates from Griffith University in the first environmental science program of its kind in Australia. She went on to earn a master degree with a focus on crocodile conservation at the University of Papua New Guinea and complete a PhD in evolutionary genetics. She is a Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales and in 2018 was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her service to environmental science and education as well as to zoology and conservation. With over 200 publications, Shelley continues to undertake research and publish in semi-retirement. Emeritus Professor Tor Hundloe was one of the pioneers of modern-day environmentalism. In 2003, he was the first Australian recognised by the award of an Order of Australia for his development and practice of economics in line with ecological reality and ethical imperatives. In 2010, he was awarded the Individual Award by the United Nations Association of Australia and is currently a researcher within the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.