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 was also acting president of Trent Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society along with the President
and founder of the Trent Herpetological Society where I have developed my organization skills. I am also actively involved with Sustainable Trent where I have put together the project; Trent University Bioblitz on the citizen science app; 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. I have had a variety of field work positions from collecting data on iNaturalist for both Ontario Nature and the Trent Bioblitz projects, to helping collect data on salamander populations in the Thousand Islands with the Save the Salamanders conservation initiative. I have also found myself conducting frog call surveys for Blazing Star Environmental to track populations of Western Chorus Frogs and will soon be heading to Pelee Island to participate in a study on Blue Racers with the University of Toronto along with Scales Nature Park. This will involve pit tagging the endangered Blue Racer snakes under permits to gain a better understanding of their movements and population on the island. The field work I have participated in has only encouraged my passion for nature, particularly reptiles and amphibians. In my free time I actively pursue these animals for the purpose of photography and use my photographs as tools for education on a multitude of platforms from Facebook to Instagram and my website. This digital outreach is one method among many that share my passion and what i have learned. Another method of this is through public outreach. I have helped many companies and organizations in outreach education, usually with live animals, to educate the public on conservation and biology. I have done this while volunteering with the Save the Salamanders conservation initiative, the Royal Ontario Museum, Hands on Exotics, Pawsitively Pets and through the Trent Herpetological Society. I hope to pursue environmental education in the future as I will soon be enrolled in a post grad at Fleming College for Environmental Visual Communication.
All photos are either taken by me or are of me. Photos taken by me are copyrighted to Mac Marzolini. © Mac Marzolini, 2019