As an Associate Professor of Antarctic Marine Science in Te Kura Aronukurangi (School of Earth & Environment) at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (University of Canterbury), Aotearoa New Zealand - I focus on interdisciplinary tools, such as GIS and high-resolution satellite imagery, to study spatial and population dynamics of penguins, seals, & cougars - species facing substantial conservation challenges as both the physical and social environments change across the world.
I am also a science communicator and believe that making science accessible by being approachable is key to public engagement and science comprehension. Welcome!
SPEAKING AT IDEACITY
At Canada's "meeting of the minds", Michelle provides a new look at how we think about emperor penguins - and what it means for science and conservation in the Southern Ocean.
Sharing her personal story of how she stumbled upon new technologies in polar research - and how she is working with citizen scientists to learn about Weddell seals in Antarctica.