Holt Estate Environmental Science Scholarship to help Charlie Gluskie achieve his dreams

Charlie Gluskie’s childhood and adolescence was spent exploring the natural wonders of the Sutherland Shire.

Growing up in Woolooware, Charlie was surrounded by beach and bush, and this backdrop played a formative role in the man he would become.

“I spent so much time outside as a kid, and I still do now. Five minutes from my house is the beach, and everywhere you look there is bush,” Charlie said.

“I guess it was a natural inclination of mine to want to protect the environment that I love so much. The best way for me to do that was to go to uni and advance my understanding of the natural world.”

Now in his second year of a Bachelor of Conservation Biology at UOW, Charlie is on his way to fulfilling his dream. Ideally, he would like to become a research scientist, where he could learn more about his passion: Australian native flora.

“Finishing high school, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do,” Charlie admits. “I went to TAFE and did a Certificate III in Horticulture. I just loved it, it was exactly what I wanted, because I love plants and botany.

“But it left me wanting more, so I knew I had to go to university and gain that academic understanding of flora and ecology, so I could play a role in protecting these environments.

“I have an insatiable curiosity for the world. When I’m not studying, I’m usually bushwalking, or scratching around the bush looking for flora or small creatures.”

UOW was the easy choice for Charlie, who was drawn to the natural beauty of the Wollongong campus and the degree on offer.

“The biggest drawcard to study at UOW was that the course was specifically conservation biology, because that touches on exactly what I am interested in: learning about how to protect the natural world. UOW is also home to the Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Solutions, and if I want to continue on the path to becoming a research scientist, having the opportunity to interact with the Centre will be vital.”

After only a year, Charlie knew he had a made the right decision. And while COVID-19 interrupted the field trips that are part of his degree, he has loved being immersed in the dual worlds of conservation and biology.

In 2020, Charlie was the recipient of the annual Holt Estate Environmental Science Scholarship, aimed at first-year students who are studying an environmental science.

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