Monday, July 22, 2019

New Notornis Editor: Dr Craig Symes

I have recently arrived in New Zealand with my family from South Africa and have been involved in ornithology for at least the past 25 years. Employment is currently casual at Scion in Rotorua, and in the settling down process I hope to obtain something more permanent. For the past 9 years I worked as an Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg lecturing and doing research mostly on birds. I have published widely on a number of ornithological topics, with some focus on parrots, bird community ecology, bird movements, bird-plant interactions, and urban bird ecology. Stable isotope analyses and bird banding have been valuable tools in my research. I have travelled widely across Africa pursuing birds. Some of my greatest adventures further afield have included a seven month research project in the Papua New Guinea Eastern Highlands investigating “homegarden” effects on bird communities, sampling birds in Cambodia for Avian Influenza, and studying Glossy Black Cockatoos in south-eastern Queensland.
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