Dr Amélie A. Augé
My research interests focus in spatial ecology, combining my original vocation in animal behaviour and conservation with my interests in spatio-temporal data, GIS and coastal and marine habitats, to design and work on projects that provide recommendations for conservation and management of coastal and marine wildlife and environments.
Summary education and post-PhD employment
- Technical Advisor, Marine (2018), 4-month secondment, Department of Conservation
- Biodiversity Planner (2017-now), Department of Conservation, New Zealand
- Senior Marine Ecologist and Project Manager (2014-16), South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, Falkland Islands
- PostDoc in Conservation Planning (2012-14), ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia
- PhD in Zoology (2011), University of Otago, New Zealand
- MSc (by thesis only) in Surveying/Spatial Ecology (2007), University of Otago
- PGDipSci in Marine Science (2004), University of Otago
- BSc in Animal Biology/Wildlife Management (2003), University of Rennes (France) & University of Quebec at Rimouski (Canada)
Little bit of my scientific journey
After completing my PhD that was principally focused on getting data and analysing them to provide management recommendations for an endangered species (the New
Zealand sea lion), I wanted to expand my skills in the human side of environmental management and large-scale environmental issues. I moved into the field of Conservation Planning. It was a
steep learning curve to engage in this field, at the frontier with social sciences. It gave me real-world insights into the precarious bridge between science and policies.
I have now taken a position outside academia to be actively involved in the link between science and government policies and work programmes. My aim is to provide leading science-grounded advice and strategic planning to improve marine and coastal conservation by influencing governmental policies, funding decisions and on-the-ground operations, and by developing collaborations and partnerships to enhance conservation outcomes.
My research skills include:
My work preferences and strengths
I have recently been introduced to Team Management Profile, personality types, Clifton Strengths, and leadership brand. It is such an inspiring but challenging process to understand myself, my work and that of others in teamwork context and team management. In a nutshell:
My leadership brand is: "I challenge" myself, ideas, processes and people to improve; I am determined and passionate yet quiet and objective. I want to be known for being strategically challenging, cleverly efficient, expert in marine and coastal conservation, and for mentoring people to reach their potential; so that I can influence decision makers and make a positive difference for the future of the oceans.
The map below shows all the locations where I have worked and/or conducted fieldwork, leading, assisting, guiding or volunteering. Marine mammals (pinnipeds and cetaceans) have been the focus of most projects, but I also worked with seabirds, reptiles and small land mammals, as well as habitat mapping.
GIS, Spatial analyses
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data provide fantastic tools for analysing spatial patterns such as animal movements, habitat use, interactions
with humans etc. A lot of my research involves GIS and mapping wildlife processes, human activities and impacts.
Spatial analyses and mapping can provide invaluable knowledge for management. Workshops, public communication, and media are important aspects of my work to ensure science is applied to protect coastal areas (land and sea), islands and oceans sustainably and benefit communities in the long-term.
I created this website to describe my research interests, projects, and activities. Opinions are my own.
All photos (apart from those of me...) on this website are mine (feel free to use them with acknowledgements ©Amelie Auge).
If you would like to contact me, my permanent email is firstname.lastname@example.org.