Tein McDonald


President | Accreditation SC

Currently President of AABR and Editor of the journal Ecological Management & Restoration, Tein has a strong background in bush regeneration teaching, planning and on-ground practice and is committed to increasing the profile of the bush regeneration industry and broadening the appreciation of assisted regeneration approaches within the restoration industry as a whole.

Born in Sydney in 1952, Tein developed a deep interest in nature and, in the mid-1970s, moved to northern NSW where she began a life-long interest in conserving locally indigenous ecosystems and land-based cultures.

After completing a Horticulture Certificate at TAFE in the late 1970s and various odd jobs in the industry, she began training in bush regeneration with the National Trust of Australia (NSW) in 1982, and after 18 months returned to her then home on the north coast NSW to help coordinate two bush regeneration projects at Rotary Park and Goanna Headland. A stint as Bush Regeneration Officer with Ku-ring-gai Council followed from 1987 to 1991, after which she worked as a regenerator for Madeline Schofield and a contract regen coordinator Hornsby Council. A graduate Diploma of Environmental Studies led to a PhD at the University of Western Sydney, awarded in 1996, which focused on monitoring recovery on a range of sites after various treatments, particularly looking a those mimicking natural recovery triggers.

Tein has been a member of AABR since its inception and has worked on other committees including Greening Australia (NSW) and currently, the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. She is actively networking with restoration practitioners and researchers across Australia.