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Dr John Kirkwood

Dr John Kirkwood
Naturalist, Marine Biologist, Expedition Leader

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It is a deep love of travel, the natural world and exploration that has kept John involved with polar and marine research for more than 30 years, studying animals ranging from microscopic crustaceans to whales, fish and dugongs.

John’s career started in marine biology as part of the Australian Antarctic Division in the 1980s. He spent time at Davis Station and conducted a year-round under-ice SCUBA diving program to document the invertebrate fauna of the Antarctica sea floor as well as monitoring seal and penguin populations, in one project travelling across frozen seas for hundreds of kilometres to tag Weddell seals and record their new pups. John continued his research with Monash University completing a PhD on the ecology of zooplankton in the Antarctic fjord.

Back on the mainland, John is a highly respected lecturer, academic and mentor at Griffith University and has worked with fisheries scientists, in commercial diving and environmental management.

Whether in Antarctica or the Arctic, each time John travels with Aurora Expeditions he experiences something new and exciting, which makes him eagerly anticipate each and every voyage.



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