Carla Eisemberg is a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Australia. Carla leads research and conservation projects in partnership with a diverse group of stakeholders such as industry partners, governments and traditional communities in Northern Australia, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Tropical Asia. In many cases, she uses turtles as models to study the relationships between ecology and harvest and as umbrella species to initiate conservation efforts. However, her projects are not limited to any particular group. She is interested in the broader themes of applied ecology, wildlife conservation, environmental education, sustainable development and science communication. Recently she started to study the levels of mercury in Northern Australian freshwater turtles and the potential associate health risk to humans who consume these turtles. This study is helping to address the concerns that Indigenous people in the Northern Territory have about the health of one of their key traditional foods.