Meet our new Secretary – Johannes ChambonSeptember 18th, 2023
Thank you for my co-option onto Council. My name is Johannes Chambon. Originally from France, I worked in conservation for about 9 years in different places around the world, mostly on islands. I spent several years in the Indian Ocean (Mayotte, Mauritius, Christmas Island), and have some previous experience in Aotearoa New Zealand (Te Mana o Kupe/Mana Island, Whenua Hou/Codfish Island, and Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands). I was involved, amongst other things, in habitat restoration (plant propagation & weed control), population monitoring of birds and reptiles, often of threatened species, and predator control. In 2020, I went back to university to complete an MRes in Biosciences at Swansea University in Wales, UK, where I studied the migration of the endangered Abbott’s booby. I recently started a PhD at the University of Otago in the Department of Zoology, studying the climate change vulnerability of two threatened seabird species endemic to the Chatham Islands, the Chatham Island tāiko and the Chatham petrel. I look forward to further contributing to the conservation of the unique avifauna of Aotearoa New Zealand further as the Secretary of Birds New Zealand.