Taylor Thomson

Taylor Thomson

The Shark Boy thrives in salt water, but like several shark species, he is agile in fresh water too. Taylor is an environmental scientist whose fascination with sharks has led him to a career that studies human interactions with both freshwater and estuarine environments, in a bid to reduce our impact on his favourite creature - The Shark! With a knowledge base that spans across water science and ecology, his teachings focus on how we can restore our relationship with nature, thus mitigating the negative impacts on our waterways. You can also find him as a part of the dynamic facilitator duo ‘Human-Nature,’ where he elaborates on land-based impacts on our waterways.

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Taylor Thomson

For the past six years, Taylor has studied and worked in the natural environment of New Zealand. Previously an employee at the Waikato Regional Council, he was responsible for monitoring the health of over 100 lakes, rivers, estuaries, and the animals within them. In this role, he gained first-hand experience with how local communities interact with our water bodies. He has since established key teaching processes to better our relationship with the environment.

Taylor is also an advocate for science communication, having worked within the community and the University of Waikato to facilitate water science and climate change education. He is currently creating an ecological model of Aotearoa’s estuaries, which he hopes local governments can use to better their management processes and protect these environments for future generations.

With his broad knowledge base, Taylor is optimistic that he can inspire a love for science and the environment in the next generation through Field-Based STEM.

Taylor Thomson

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"Unlike scientific community programmes that are expensive and require lots of investment, field work is done by individuals and is accessible to anyone. The skills gained during field work open up a huge area for everyone undertaking it."

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