Welcome to new MSc student Nick Crameri

Nick and a wombat at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Nick and a wombat at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Nick Crameri has recently joined the Adrift Lab team after a career refocus in 2018. Having worked in environmental consulting Nick was constantly required to work for the some of the big corporate polluters and to help clean up their mess. Nick has always had a keen interest in the natural world however and is seeking to preserve it for the future by using those skills gained in industry.

Over the course of 2019 Nick will build upon work undertaken by fellow Adrift Lab members Jennifer Lavers and Megan Grant at Bedout Island in the Timor Sea. Using samples collected by Jennifer and Megan, Nick will analyse concentrations of potentially harmful heavy metals in three spectacular but vulnerable seabird species on the island. These birds include the brown booby, the lesser frigatebird and the masked booby. Particular concern is held for the plight of the masked booby population as it may be an endemic subspecies. With only 33 breeding pairs sighted during a 2016 survey at Bedout Island this may be one of the world’s rarest seabirds. Throughout 2019 Nick is seeking to gain as much knowledge as possible on the threats facing the worlds seabirds to help ensure future generations get to marvel at these magnificent creatures.

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