Raoul is a Professor in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. He lectures in animal behaviour and has worked on a variety of Australian birds over the past two decades, studying mating systems, social behaviour and communication. He leads the research team studying the black swans at Albert Park (Raoul’s website).
Ken carried out his Phd from 1999-2003 on the swans of Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. The focus of his work was understanding the function of the unusual curled feathers on the wings of black swans. Ken pioneered many of the research methods we use today, and was ably helped by the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat, in particular John Gregurke and Carol Hall. Ken is now at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands (Ken’s website).
Patrick-Jean completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne and is now a Research Fellow at Victoria University. He has a long-standing interest in waterbirds and together with students is conducting a number of studies investigating hybridisation in ducks, the ecologu and conservation genetics of waterfowl and the influence of human disturbance on bird populations (Patrick-Jean’s website).\
Joji is a PhD student from the Department of Information Systems. He helped build this website. Joji is interested in the relationship between technology and society in general, so this website fits that mold. He also enjoys distance running and often runs past the Black Swans on the Yarra river and Albert Park lake. (Joji’s website)\
Shaun Cotter and Horace Yao from Insightful Systems helped build the Filemaker database and web interface that is used to provide you with instant feedback on your swans.