My passion lies with animal biology, conservation science and sharing this with others. Through teaching secondary biology programmes at Auckland Zoo, I have a sound knowledge of New Zealand species, their evolution and conservation. My works an as education leading school trips to Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf also included teaching skills in bard watching / monitoring and the use of equipment to identify and observe birds in different habitats on the island (Year 5 - Year 13). My partner and I also spend much of our free time on weekends and hokidasy engaging in local bird watching activities too. One of our fabourite sports in Auckland is the Manger Wastewater Treatment Plant! There is a coastal walkway and the Mangere Bridge rea has dramatic and large populations of especially marine waders - SI pied oystercatchers, royal spoonbills, pied stilts and wrybills. Waterways also have lots of duck species and NZ dabchicks. Our last holiday was spend driving the country from Auckland to Otago visiting bird watching spots along the way including Miranda, Zealandia, French Pass (we hired a boatie to take us to see King Shags), Kaikoura, the braided rivers, Arthur's Pass and down to see yellow-eyed penguins and the royal albatross colony at Taiaroa Head. We recorded over 90 species in 2 - 3 weeks. I can bring my teaching experience, these personal birding experiences as well as experience using a range of optics and field guides to share with the participants of this course.
Bsc - Major Biology, Msc (First Class Honours) - Animal Behaviour and Science Education Outside the Classroom, Graduate Diploma of Teaching - Secondary Science and Biology.