Jean S Fleming


I am a retired reproductive biologist and science communicator, with a history of working with women in science and in public engagement with science.

I ran the Dunedin International Science Festival for many years and served on the 2000-2001 Royal Commission on Genetic Modification.

While I spent over 20 years at the University of Otago, Dunedin, these days I am more interested in environmental restoration, response to climate change, bird watching and conservation.

I was a Trustee at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, Waikanae, from 2015-2021 and I plant trees along the waterways in Queen Elizabeth Park with the Kāpiti Coast Biodiversity Project. While I do not fish, nor scuba dive, I still love to snorkel.

The Guardians of the Kāpiti Marine Reserve help connect me from my home near the Waikanae River Estuary to the wonderful taonga of Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve and bird sanctuary.