Recently offered a position as a Field Researcher on the North Island of New Zealand I have decided to document/blog about my experience in the one country I have dreamed about visiting my entire life!! I am a Clemson University graduate with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and am following ornithology (the study of birds) as my career path towards a future PhD.
THE RESEARCH: The research is on the endemic Bush Falcon (karearea) of NZ . This falcon is considered ‘Near-Threatened’ by the IUCN and DOC due to population decline. The threats to the New Zealand falcon are not well understood and are thought, generally, due to predation and habitat loss by anthropogenic means. My study is to observe the behavioral patterns of a nesting pair from a blind. This behavioral study will be done within the forests of Kaingaroa . From this fine-scale study we will gain insight of the birds’ lifetime reproductive success and fitness traits. I also will be employing different field technology to document the nesting pairs movements and vocalizations. Wooo I’m ready for some biological fun!!
ME: On a personal note, I am a fun-loving person who feels most at home in the outdoors and traveling. If I’m kept indoors for too long I really do go kinda batty haha. I’m a big reader and most enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, and travel novels. And, yes, my favorite author of all time is J.R.R Tolkien. I also love to travel and have also been to India and Nepal for study in SE Asian bird diversity. Next, I hope I may be able to do some research in Bhutan.
To note: I have no great gift of expression so the journals you will read from me will by no means be full of philosophical insight (well you never know) or even seem succinct haha. My thought processes are a bit jumpy & unhampered like a crazy squirrel
All in all, I hope you enjoy my blog!!
Unfortunately, this position’s stipend only cover’s my accommodation. As this is my first job out of college I would greatly appreciate your gracious help with anything you can donate (even 50cents would help) with groceries and propane for heat in the field station.