Enchanted by the wonder of Mother Nature and her majestic beasts, this has brought Alan to undertake a Bachelor of Wildlife Science and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Queensland. His honours project focused on the ecology of the European red fox, one of the worst vertebrate pests in Australia, at the Port of Brisbane, Queensland.
Throughout his academic studies as well as after his graduation, he took on as many volunteering works as possible, both locally and internationally, at conservation organisations and wildlife sanctuaries. This included Tasmanian devil husbandry and monitoring in Cradle Mountain and Vale of Belvoir (TAS), Glossy Black Cockatoo’s feeding tree survey in Lockyer Valley (QLD) and aquatic and terrestrial fauna survey at Mai Po Nature Reserve (Hong Kong) with WWF HK. Alan also worked with Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong on marine mammal stranding response, and he traversed through rugged terrain and nearly impenetrable vegetation and swamp to investigate the poaching intensity of native freshwater turtles.
Alan is looking forward to participating in a range of applied conservation projects with the experienced team at Conservation Ecology Centre to boost his hands-on experience, knowledge, and analytical skills.