Lolita Vallyon

I graduated with a BSc, majoring in Zoology, in 2014 at the University of Otago, during which time I went on various trips overseas to volunteer in wildlife rehabilitation projects. Growing up near Raglan, I have always had a connection to the marine environment and have frequently dreamed of working as a marine biologist/ecologist. After a few years living in the UK and Thailand, I decided to head home and back to university to undertake my MSc in Ecology and Biodiversity. Due to my interest in animal behaviour, my project with Team Toheroa aims to investigate South Island Pied Oystercatcher predation on the toheroa

in order to gain better understanding of the relationship between these two endemic species and assess the impact oystercatchers may be having on toheroa populations on Ripiro Beach.