Professor of Marine Tourism
The ocean- he’s either on it, in it or studying the impacts to it. Professor Mark Orams grew up around New Zealand's coast and his concern for marine ecosystems came from his love for sailing and surfing.
As an associate director of AUT’s New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, the professor in marine tourism focuses his research and teaching on ecotourism as well as coastal, marine and contemporary tourism issues. A professional sailor who has raced around the world Professor Orams has seen the magnificence of the oceans up close and is focused on research that can make a difference.
Starting at Massey University with a Bachelor of Regional Planning (first class honours), Professor Orams then went on to Florida International University to complete a Master of Science in marine protected area management. The University of Queensland was where he completed his PhD on managing marine mammal tourism.
Professor Orams served as the inaugural executive director of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, is a member of the Council for the NZ Marine Sciences Society, is chair of Project Litefoot, a trustee of the Air New Zealand Environment Trust and uses his expertise as an elite sailor to coach and mentor young New Zealand sailors. His research and community work has seen him collaborate with sporting organisations, businesses and individuals to reduce their carbon footprint. He has also worked with the Department of Conservation, a number of charitable trusts and SPARC.
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