Our Expertise

At Sirtrack we take pride in the expertise of our people. Our team comprises of professionals with extensive experience in wildlife biology, electronics and engineering who understand your needs. This means we can deliver to you the best service and support to match our world class wildlife tracking products.

Donell Hole

donnell holeDonell comes to Sirtrack with a diverse range of experience and background. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Science, with majors in Earth Science and Chemistry. She has spent considerable time in the Energy and Resources sector, primarily involved with analytical chemistry in environmental monitoring and hazard identification. Recent employment has included work in the Agricultural sector, and experience in Electrical and General Trades. Her experience leads to an ability to objectively analyse situations and come up with possible solutions.

Job highlights:

Intrinsic role in setting up the first Spontaneous Combustion Assessment laboratories in New Zealand and Australia.

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Catalina Amaya-Perilla

catalina amaya perillaI am Cat, Sirtrack’s Avian Telemetry Consultant for Australasia. I have a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences (Reproductive behaviour of dragonflies) as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Biological Sciences, and have co-authored many scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. I have presented research in conferences in New Zealand, Colombia, France, Mexico and the US.

I have over 9 years’ experience as an insect field biologist in the tropics and because of this I have been in several field trips in Colombia and Mexico. I have volunteered and worked in bird (kiwi, takahe, and whio) and frog (Archey’s frog) studies, and have worked as a field and laboratory assistant at the University of Auckland and as a Partnerships Ranger for the Department of Conservation.

Job highlights:

Working and releasing Kiwi birds and Whio in their natural habitat.

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Colin Hunter

colin hunterColin joined Sirtrack in 2003. Colin is a wildlife telemetry consultant who specialises in custom designed tracking solutions and technical product support. He has a degree in Engineering and previously worked for the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) in Scotland for 12 years. During his time there he developed pioneering instruments to track the movements and behaviour of marine mammals in the wild, and animal–borne oceanographic instruments to measure the environment the animals live in. Colin participated in fieldwork in the UK, subantarctic on South Georgia, and the Arctic around Spitsbergen. He possesses a keen understanding of how to use technology to answer biological questions and his main knowledge and passion is of marine animals and the plight of threatened and endangered species such as polar bears.

Job highlights:

GPS tracking of gannets in NZ; technical support for wildlife projects in Africa, India, Auckland Islands and the USA.

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