Martin Kastner on a boatEnvironment student selected to help save species from extinction

Martin Kastner, a student from UWaterloo’s Faculty of Environment has been selected by Wildlife Preservation Canada to be “Canada’s New Noah,” a program that provides practical training and field experience in managing and conserving endangered species.

The Canada’s New Noah program trains young Canadian biologists in the techniques required to breed endangered species in captivity, reintroduce them into the wild, and manage wild populations. Martin will start his adventure in Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean and the former home of the extinct dodo bird.

Martin will receive four weeks of intensive training and 16 weeks of practical field placements to help save some of the world's rarest species in Mauritius and its offshore islands.

“Being selected as Canada’s New Noah is an acknowledgement of my research and past work, but it’s also an investment in my potential to become a leader in ecosystem restoration in Canada and around the world,” said Kastner. “I can't wait to work hard, make lots of connections and learn as much as possible about the projects in Mauritius. I have no doubt it'll be an experience of a lifetime.”

Read more about Martin’s new title on the Faculty of Environment website and Wild Life Preservation website.

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