About Us

The Tūturiwhatu or New Zealand dotterel (Charadrius obscurus) is a small endemic and endangered bird that has responded reasonably well to conservation efforts with populations slowly recovering. Similarly, we are a small group of conservation-oriented academics, all with a bit of history in New Zealand. The vision of Dotterel Publishing is to disseminate relevant research and conservation materials in easily accessible formats at affordable costs.

Meet the Team

Dr Michael Lück

Michael is a professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He has worked in Germany, Belize, Canada, and Scotland, and is founding co-chair of the International Coastal & Marine Tourism Society (ICMTS). Michael has more than 10 years’ work experience in the tourism industry and his research interests include (marine) wildlife tourism, the cruise industry, ecotourism, interpretation and education on wildlife tours, the impacts of tourism, and aviation. He has published in a number of international journals, is founding editor of the academic journal Tourism in Marine Environments, Associate Editor of the Journal of Ecotourism and editorial board member of Marine Policy. Michael has edited or co-edited eleven volumes on ecotourism, marine (wildlife) tourism, polar tourism, events, and low cost airlines, as well as the Encyclopedia of Tourism and Recreation in Marine Environments (CABI), and co-authored the introductory text Tourism (2nd ed., CABI).

Dr Brooke A. Porter

Brooke is an associate professor in the Food and Sustainability Studies Program at Umbra Institute, Italy. She also works as an external fisheries consultant for various organisations and has worked in diverse capacities with NGOs, international aid agencies and educational institutions in Hawai’i, New Zealand, Italy, the Philippines and in Eritrea. Her research focuses on the human dimensions of the fisheries and the marine environment. She serves as a Scientific Adviser to The Coral Triangle Conservancy, an NGO that focuses on reef protection and restoration in the Philippines. Brooke is the editor-in-chief of the journal Tourism in Marine Environments. She is currently co-editing a two-volume series on Tourism in the Philippines and a second volume on gender influences in fieldwork with Channel View as a follow up to her previous co-edited volume, Femininities in the Field: Tourism and Transdisciplinary Research.

Yasmine M. Elmahdy

Yasmine M. Elmahdy is a PhD candidate in the School of Sport and Recreation at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Her current research focuses on sustainable management of marine mammal tourism in New Zealand. Her research interests lie in the areas of marine tourism, ecotourism, wildlife tourism, adventure tourism, and extreme and adventure sports. Her other research interests include gender issues in tourism and sport, and qualitative approaches to research.

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