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Janis Russell

Kia Ora

"I am a Scottish-born Kiwi who is passionate about the natural world and deeply attached to this beautiful country, Aotearoa (New Zealand), with its uniquely fascinating story. I like to get ‘hands on’ in wild places, to indulge my love of rocks, whether dangling from the end of a rope on a vertical rock face, or armed with my camera and striving to capture an expansive landscape as well as its exquisite details."

Janis holds a B.Sc. in Physical Geography from Massey University. It was there that she deepened her appreciation for Earth Sciences as the fundamental basis for life and systems-level thinking they engender.  This is reflected in an undergraduate degree that is liberally peppered with papers from across the science fields, including Zoology and Ecology, as well as from other disciplines.

Prior to starting postgraduate study in Science Communication, at the University of Otago, she was a director of a private business. During this time, she also became involved with the set-up, and development, of the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony and its scientific monitoring programme.  This association lasted ten years and resulted in several co-authored publications about aspects of the world's smallest penguin.

Janis returns to her Earth Science roots in her current research: Geotourism as a Vehicle for Science Communication.

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