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 third year at Trent University I was the secretory and now act as the vice president of the Trent Student Chapter of the Wildlife
Society where I have had to develop my organization skills. In the 2019/20 school year I hope to act as both the founder and president of the Trent Herpetological Society to create events related to both animal husbandry, field herping and conservation. I am also actively involved with Sustainable Trent where I have put together the project; Trent University Bioblitz on an app called iNaturalist where we are able to keep record of observations of animals, plants fungi and all manor of life on Trent Campus. Myself along with others involved hope to publish a peer reviewed paper using this data to help out what will be effected by the construction of the hockey arena within Trent Campus. 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. With Save the Salamanders I have gotten to travel across Ontario recording population data of reptiles and amphibian species. There, not only have I developed my skills in presentation and animal handling but also learned some of the methods used to collect data during population censuses and bioblitzes. 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.
All photos are either taken by me or are of me. Photos taken by me are copyrighted to Mac Marzolini. ©Mac Marzolini, 2019