Felicity graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1960, with degrees in biochemistry and zoology. Although a committed wife and mother-of-three for twenty years, part-time laboratory teaching to first-year University biology students kept her in touch with the scientific world.

When her youngest daughter started school, she ventured back into more demanding academic life, but still part-time, and completed a Master's degree in Zoology, studying the physiology of reproduction in marsupials.

As a Research Officer to her now husband, Professor Don Bradshaw, the next twenty years were spent in the privileged world of studying native animals in their natural surroundings. Don is an ecophysiologist, a rare breed in Australia, and he introduced her to the lizards and euros in the Pilbara, the many unique species of marsupial on Barrow Island, and in France, the Green Lizards of Brittany and Hermann's tortoise of Provence.

Establishing a field station in the south-west of Western Australia and a breeding colony of honey possums at the University of Western Australia has enabled them, together with the help of students, to uncover many aspects of the physiology of the honey possum.

Felicity was aware of the shrinking habitat of the honey possum through land clearing but believed they would be secure within National Parks. She was alerted, however, to the need for advertising the presence of this secretive little animal, when, twice, its environment was destroyed by deliberately-lit fires. Another danger is the deadly fungus-like stramenophile, Phytophthora that specialises in killing the honey possum's favourite food, Banksia. Together, these form a formidable threat to this small but hardy little animal, so much so that the honey possum faces an uncertain future. This is the seed that she would like to sow in the fertile minds of young children.

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