The creative ecologist: How Brady’s diverse strengths make a difference

Brady Hamilton in grasslands
During my studies, I completed my industry placement, contributing to germination trials for a critically-endangered grassland shrub. It was a valuable experience through which I put my theoretical knowledge into practice.

Brady Hamilton
Bachelor of Science

Symbiotic relationships are a marvel of the natural world. Brady Hamilton is living proof that together, art and science can create positive and impactful change.

The award-winning VU Bachelor of Science alum, science teacher and talented nature writer, has passions for ecology, literature and education. Brady shares his story and how ‘speaking’ science can encourage current and future generations to respond to important ecological problems.

Finding his path

“Careers are like rivers. They meander. I’ve learned that my career is a work in progress.

I originally pursued studies in screenwriting, then architecture, but soon realised I missed being in touch with nature. VU’s Bachelor of Science was perfect because it allowed me to study the environment while exploring chemistry and ecology.

During my studies, I completed my industry placement alongside one of the University’s ecology researchers, contributing to germination trials for a critically-endangered grassland shrub. It was a valuable experience through which I put my theoretical knowledge into practice.

With the support of the incredibly experienced, encouraging and generous teachers, I graduated with the Victoria University Medal for Academic Excellence."

Engaging the next generation

"Since graduating from VU, I completed a Master of Teaching, and spent as much time I as I could traveling and producing vast amounts of unpublishable writing. I scored a job teaching VCE Chemistry and Biology at a school in Melbourne’s west, where I share my passion for science with the next generation.

Nature is where my heart is, and where I hope to continue contributing in my career. A few years ago, I started writing for Remember The Wild, a not-for-profit centred on nature connection. I’m grateful to have that ongoing relationship with ecology."

Advocating for the planet

"Science has some tremendous problems to address in the next couple of decades; one of the most pressing being anthropogenic climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scientists will need to not only work at solutions for these problems, but engage more strongly in public advocacy to help wider society respond effectively. I’m keen to be part of the relationship between society and science as it develops and, with some luck, thrives.

Regardless of your career background, studying science is more necessary than ever. We increasingly need to be scientifically literate to navigate daily life. The more people we get ‘speaking’ science, the better for us all.”

Want to discover the world of science?

Brady studied Bachelor of Science, specialising in Chemistry, and Ecology and Environmental Management.