I have worked as a professional ornithologist for the last 35 years although I have a broad range of interests in ecology, from endangered species conservation to the current biodiversity and climate crisis facing the planet. I studied zoology at Glasgow University in the 1990s and for my PhD at the Univ. of Sheffield before going on to take up a fellowship at the Zoological Society of San Diego focussed on the conservation of the critically endangered California Condor, the largest flying bird in North America. After 5 years in California I returned to Ireland in 2007 to manage the reintroduction of White-tailed Eagles to Ireland after an absence of 100 years. Over the years I’ve travelled widely including zoological expeditions to Seychelles, Guyana, Bolivia and Peru. I’m particularly interested in indigenous people’s rights and how to utilise and recognise indigenous knowledge to understand and conserve the natural world, of which we are all a part.