Published 23 September 2015
Please join us for a public lecture: Macleay Miklouho-Maclay Fellow, Dr Lindsey Gray, meets with environmental author, Maura O’Connor, to discuss the ethics of our involvement and intervention in the precarious futures of species.
Lindsey Gray is passionate about conservation and environmental education. Over the last decade working as a discovery guide she has presented programs to 1000’s of children for diverse Government, NGO and industry employers including; Sydney Aquarium, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Marine Discovery Centre Bondi, Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, Rotorua’s Redwoods Forest Visitor Centre, and Scenic World in the World Heritage Blue Mountains. A committed volunteer, Lindsey has provided educational experiences for children through the outreach programs of the New Zealand Department of Conservation’s Conservation Week, the Royal Forest and Bird Society’s Kiwi Conservation Club, the Power House Museum, CSIRO’s Scientists in Schools, and her own venture, Science Safari’s.
Her research interests are in evolutionary biology, nutrition, and conservation biology. Her honours research, completed in 2007, was on the underpinnings of Australian plague locust swarming.
In 2015 Lindsey is honoured to have the opportunity to bring her passions for biology and conservation together in the Macleay Miklouho-Maclay Fellowship, where she is working with the Macleay’s historic Kakapo specimens. Kakapo, evolutionarily incomparable parrots, are sadly critically endangered. While 124 living kakapo persist in New Zealand, entirely dependent on conservation management, many 100s of historic kakapo study specimens are held across museums worldwide, presenting as un-tapped research resources. Museum specimens can act as portals to the past, yielding information valuable to the future. Her study aims to use the historic Macleay specimens gather information relevant to current Kakapo conservation management practice and to gain insight to the culture of 19th Century Biology.
A reporter whose interests range from foreign policy, international development, science and ethics, M.R. O’Connor has made big ideas and counterintuitive questions the heart of her stories. Does foreign aid perpetuate poverty? Did feminism give birth to Girls Gone Wild? Is species extinction ever ok?
A graduate of Columbia’s Journalism School, she has reported from Africa, Afghanistan and Haiti, and her work has appeared in a variety of publications which can be viewed here. In 2008/2009, she was a reporter for The Sunday Times, an English-language newspaper in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
O’Connor’s investigative reporting on topics like disappearances in Sri Lanka’s civil war, global agriculture trade, and American development enterprises in Afghanistan have been funded by institutions such as the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Phillips Foundation, and The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund.
For a long time she made her bread and butter as a stringer covering crime, courts and breaking news in New York City for publications such as The Wall Street Journal and New York Post, and covered the criminal justice beat for the online investigative site The New York World.
Her first book will be out in September 2015 with St. Martin’s Press, and received support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Program for the Public Understanding of Science, Technology, & Economics.
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