Ever since I could remember I have been out exploring nature and looking for animals. With the natural world making up such a large portion of my life it only makes sense to want to preserve it, learn from it and encourage others to do the same. This has lead me to put together my reptile and amphibian photo arc where I try and preserve many species both common and at risk through the medium of photography. Its because of my passion for the natural world that I have taken the path I have in both my schooling and work.
I currently attend Trent University where I study Environmental Studies with a minor in Indigenous Environmental Studies. During my time at Trent University, I am acting president of Trent Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society along with the President and
founder of the Trent Herpetological Society where I have had to develop my organization skills. I am also actively involved with Sustainable Trent where I have put together the project; Trent University Bioblitz on a citizen science app called iNaturalist where we are able to collect data on the many species on campus. Myself along with others involved, hope to publish a peer reviewed paper regarding the data collected to help raise awareness of what will be effected by the development of the Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary. Before being a student at Trent University, I volunteered as a zookeeper at Hands on Exotics where I prepared animal food, enrichment and cleaned enclosures. There, I gained valuable experience in animal husbandry as I learned how to care for a wide variety of animals. I have also done public outreach with Hands on Exotics where I aided in educating the public about exotic animals. I have also helped during outreach events with the Save the Salamanders conservation initiative where I developed my presentation and communication skills. While this was over the summer, during the academic year I acted as a field technician and educator with the Save the Salamanders Conservation Initiative. More recently, I have worked as a camp counselor and animal presenter at Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp. There, I organized daily events along with facilitating live animal presentations to educate campers. In my free time, I try to develop my photography skills while photographing reptiles and amphibians. Many of these photos are sent in as observations to Ontario Nature so that the information can be used for research and conservation. Other photos such as some of events on Trent University Campus have been printed in local newspapers and some of my wildlife Photography has been published in field guides.
All photos are either taken by me or are of me. Photos taken by me are copyrighted to Mac Marzolini. ©Mac Marzolini, 2019