Dr. Dustin Welbourne spent 10 years in academia where his work focused on the development and evaluation of sampling techniques used to detect cryptic fauna. He received his Ph.D from the University of New South Wales in Australia where he developed camera trapping methods to effectively survey terrestrial reptiles. He now works in the private sector as a consultant and educator on several data analytic topics for various clients including the Australian Government. Dr Welbourne also has a passion for science communication and has won several national awards and received a MSc for his work in science communication from the Australian National University. By keeping a hand in research and translating science for the general public, Dr Welbourne hopes to empower non-specialists with a better understanding about global socio-environmental challenges.