Simon is a marine conservation biologist and underwater photographer from New Zealand. He is a co-founder and Principal Scientist at the Marine Megafauna Foundation, where he leads the global whale shark research and conservation program. He is also a Co-Chair for the Sub-Equatorial Africa region within the IUCN Shark Specialist Group.
Simon has a BSc in ecology from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), and a BSc Hons (1st Class) and PhD in marine biology from The University of Queensland in Australia.
Simon’s photography and videos have been widely published in large media outlets, including National Geographic, BBC, New Scientist, The Guardian, Discovery Channel, Washington Post, Animal Planet, and BBC Wildlife. Most importantly, they have been used extensively to support the conservation and research efforts of a large number of organisations.
Simon currently migrates through the year between New Zealand, Indonesia, and various project sites all over the world. He will be hosting public research and photography trips to Madagascar, Tanzania, and the Galapagos Islands in 2018/19.
He enjoys surfing, writing, and talking about himself in the third person. Simon Simon Simon. Muhaha.
Anyway, to contact me, grab my email address (and see answers to some commonly-asked questions) here.
Other links that may be of interest:
- My scientific publications
- Our research work on whale sharks
- My professional resume
- The photography, travel, and scuba diving equipment I use
- My advice for students considering a marine biology career
- How I got into all this: the narrative version
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