While growing up on a farm in Victoria, Louise collected and propagated native seeds to restore intensively degraded areas. In 2002, she completed a Bachelor of Science after studying ecology, zoology and botany at Melbourne University. In 2005, whilst working as an applied ecologist and operations manager for an environmental management consultancy company, she gained a first-class honours degree in applied biology at Victoria University. Louise joined Environs Kimberley in 2007 as Community WEED Project Officer, and worked with Aboriginal ranger groups and other volunteer groups on community-led conservation projects. In 2009 she developed and led the West Kimberley Nature Project, collaborating with ranger and community groups to research, manage and protect key eco-cultural values in the Dampierland bioregion. This was instrumental in achieving an endangered listing for Dampier Peninsula monsoon vine thickets under the Commonwealth EPBC Act. The West Kimberley Nature Project evolved into the larger Kimberley Nature Project, of which Louise is now one of two coordinators.