Our Team

Bruce Vander Lee

Bruce Vander Lee - Project Director

As a boy from Iowa in the United States, Bruce Vander Lee didn’t see the ocean until he was 17 years old. Now, as director for Project Janszoon, he is working to restore the ecology of one of New Zealand’s most popular coastal national parks. An experienced conservation manager with a background in restoration and pest control Bruce was DOC’s improvement manager...
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Andrew Macalister

Andrew Macalister - Operations Manager

Andrew Macalister is Project Janszoon’s Operations Manager. He is responsible for the “secure” aspects of the project like getting rid of introduced pests and weeds. Ecological nasties have been in Andrew’s sights for a while now. During his nearly 20 years working in conservation he has managed New Zealand’s largest pest control programme for the Animal Health Board on the West Coast....
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Robyn Janes

Robyn Janes - Communications    

It is Robyn’s job to get the news out about what Project Janszoon is up to.  She also produces and directs our videos and has been involved in putting together the Abel Tasman Virtual Visitor Centre.  Robyn has had a long involvement in the media working in print, radio, television and communications for more than 20 years. She has won a...
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Marika Kingan

Marika Kingan - Executive Assistant

Marika came to New Zealand back in 2002 for what she thought would be 24 months. Now, with two Kiwi children she couldn’t ever imagine living back in South Africa. It’s the people, freedom, relaxed atmosphere and lifestyle that she loves. Of course beautiful surroundings and easy access to the Abel Tasman National Park is an added bonus. When she lived...
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Ron Moorhouse

Ron Moorhouse - Ornithologist    

Ron does not want to be 'pigeon-holed' but it’s fair to say birds have been a big part of his life. He did his masters on kākāpo and a PhD on kākā. Then, after joining DOC he spent 15 years working as a scientist on the response of kākā populations to predator control, then another 10 years as scientist for...
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Ruth Bollongino

Ruth Bollongino - Scientific Consultant

Ruth is our data cruncher. It is her job to document, archive and publish the scientific outcomes for the project. A native of Germany, she has a PhD in biology, specialising in palaeogenetics, physical anthropology and archaeology. While working at the Johannes – Gutenberg – University in Mainz her main research focused on the development, origin and adaptation of prehistoric human...
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Helen Lindsay

Helen Lindsay - Restoration Supervisor

Helen is responsible for Project Janszoon’s plantings in the Abel Tasman—she makes sure we’re planting the right natives, in the right places, and then keeps an eye on how they are doing. A native of Dublin, Helen has spent nearly 30 years working in the non profit conservation sector. She began her career in administration and started her first job in...
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Rosemary Vander Lee - Aviculturist

Our aviculturist Rosemary Vander Lee says it was a lightbulb moment when she first visited New Zealand and saw birds like takahē, kiwi and kokako which you don’t find anywhere else in the world. Knowing her work could have a significant impact on species like these, she and husband Bruce (yes, our director) traded skunks and snakes for possums, rats and stoats as...
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Pete Gaze

Pete Gaze - Founding Ornithologist      

Pete is Project Janszoon’s founding ornithologist and has been the person behind our first native bird re-introductions.  He is pretty knowledgeable about lizards, tuatara, frogs and forest habitats as well. His love of all things avian began when he started working with the Ecology Division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research back in the 70s.  His first job was managing the...
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