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About Bookend

Bookend is a not-for-profit education initiative that seeks to inspire students and their communities with positive environmental engagement that helps make the world a better place.

Bookend is funded through the donation of time, energy and resources by private individuals concerned about building a positive and co-operative environmental future for our students and community. We started this work voluntarily as we feel fortunate in our own careers, and wish to pass this inspiration and opportunity to the next generation. This dedication is supported and guided through our patrons, including best selling international authors Neil Gaiman and the late Bryce Courtenay, national economic commentator Saul Eslake, wilderness photography expert Liz Dombrovskis, and international award-winning documentary maker Cathy Henkel.

Bookend is financially housed within the Pennicott Foundation with physical office space thanks to our partners, the University of Tasmania in the School of Biological Sciences and at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).

Although our work started in Tasmania, we now undertake projects across Australia, with participating schools and regional communities from Darwin to Geraldton. Our strength lies in the diversity of our projects and partnerships, and we are seeking to build on-ground connections to other locations. Our work is available online to interested schools, students and interested individuals anywhere around the world.

Our Team

Niall Doran


Alastair Richardson

Academic Director

Andrew Hughes

Education Manager / Expedition Class

Clare Hawkins

Citizen Science Manager

David Dieckfoss

Students in Research Coordinator