Juliet O'Connell

Juliet, 25, has recently completed a Master of Conservation Biology at Victoria University of Wellington which explored the processes of conservation, ecology, restoration and biodiversity while teaching skills in experimental design, collection and analysis of data. During this programme she carried out a research project investigating the translocation success of tuatara in Zealandia (ecosanctuary in Wellington). She also had the privilege of spending 2 weeks on Codfish Island as research assistant on a project assessing the ecology, breeding biology and conservation status of South Georgian Diving Petrels. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Studies which led her to working as a geospatial analyst at DOC and then Nga Whenua Rahui (over the past 4 years). While at DOC she has been involved in a variety of projects including Battle for Our Birds, the Permissions Spatial Data Audit, the NZ Sea Lion Threat Management Plan, the Otago Marine Protected Area forum, and many miscellaneous terrestrial, marine and freshwater mapping and analysis requests as part of the DOC GIS team. Additionally, she has been helping with the management of Nga Whenua Rahui’s geospatial data. She believes that GIS is an essential aspect of any conservation project, and wants to use it as a tool when working towards achieving specific conservation outcomes. Her passion for the natural world stems from her upbringing where a high premium was placed on the environment, alongside hobbies such as skiing, surfing, yoga, running and tramping. She is fascinated by wildlife and has particular interests in invasive species management and pest eradications for the benefit of indigenous flora and fauna, and climate change research