Born and raised in the bushveld of South Africa, Alan has a life-long passion for wild animals and wild places. He studied Zoology and Botany at the University of Cape Town, ending up with a PhD on Sheathbills.
Alan spent two years doing research on albatrosses, penguins and other seabirds on Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic. He emigrated to Canada in 1980 and worked at several Canadian universities and as a wildlife consultant. He is currently mostly retired but remains an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
Wildlife conservation is a key element of Alan’s professional and private life, and he is heavily involved with the biology and management of the threatened Marbled Murrelet in Canada and Alaska. He has published numerous scientific papers, which include studies of birds, whales, oceanography, and Antarctic ecosystems.
Alan’s research has taken him to many remote seabird colonies and islands in South Africa, Galapagos, Newfoundland, Alaska and British Columbia. Alan and his wife Andrea spent a year in the Seychelles, studying tropical seabirds and kayaking around remote atolls.
Interpreting science and helping others enjoy the wonders of nature is one of Alan’s main interests. He has done 47 voyages as a naturalist with Aurora Expeditions in the Antarctic, Arctic, Alaska and Russia.