Friday, August 23, 2019

Dr Leigh Bull - our new Notornis Editor!

Dr Leigh Bull, a consulting ecologist for Boffa Miskell Ltd, has been appointed as the new editor of the journal Notornis. Leigh has had a long affiliation with Birds New Zealand (OSNZ), first becoming a member while doing her Master’s research on Little Blue Penguin. She has a strong background in seabirds, with over 20 years’ experience conducting avifauna research and surveys in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tonga and France. Leigh has worked as a practising ecologist and ornithologist for several organisations in a variety of roles, including Species Protection Officer (Biodiversity Recovery Unit, Department of Conservation), Marine Technical Support Officer (Marine Conservation Unit, DOC), and post-doctorate research fellow (Universite Paris). She has a keen interest in applied ecology and has worked with a range of groups, including private industry and government departments, to contribute to a number of documents guiding the conservation and management of New Zealand’s flora and fauna. These projects have included researching and publishing on the efficacy of mitigation measures to reduce seabird bycatch in longline and trawl fisheries. Recently, she published the results of New Zealand’s first comprehensive long-term study investigating avian mortality at an operating wind farm.