Advisory Board


The following team of experts generously provides guidance on The Genetic Rescue Foundation's projects.


Quinn Berentson

Writer, documentary filmmaker and photographer

Quinn is a writer, documentary filmmaker and photographer. After graduating with a B.Sc. Honours in Zoology from Otago University he began creating children’s educational television, before moving into international documentary making, where he writes, directs and produces films for clients such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Animal Planet. His book ‘Moa, The life and death of New Zealand’s legendary bird’ won the 2013 Royal Society of New Zealand’s science book prize as well as many other accolades.


Jack Dumbacher, PhD

Curator and Department Chair, Dept. of Ornithology and Mammalogy, California Academy of Sciences

Jack is a PhD biologist, specializing on avian genetics, avian chemical defense, and dabbling in lots of other things related to birds and mammals. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), and his PhD at University of Chicago. He worked for several years at Smithsonian Institution with Rob Fleischer and others. In 2003, he became Curator of Ornithology and Mammalogy (birds and mammals) at the California Academy of Sciences. Read Jack’s blog.


Robert Etches, PhD, DSc

CEO Crystal Bioscience

Robert is world renowned for his contributions to the field of avian biology. Robert was formally trained in genetics, physiology and biochemistry at the University of British Columbia (BSc Agr, 1970), McGill University (MSc 1972) and the University of Reading (PhD, 1975; DSc, 1985). He joined the faculty of the University of Guelph in 1975 where he followed his passion for all things avian. He has published more than 150 publications and four books describing the development, genetics and physiology of birds. While Robert was intrigued by the unique aspects of avian biology, he was also passionate about applying this knowledge to solving real-life problems.


The Honorable Trevor Mallard


Trevor is a New Zealand politician and the current Member of Parliament for the Hutt South electorate. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand holding portfolios including Environment, Labor, Broadcasting, State Owned Enterprises, Rugby World Cup and Education. He was also Associate Minister of Finance. In the current 50th Parliament, he is the Labour Party spokesperson for Internal Affairs and Sport and Recreation.


Amy Fletcher, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury

Amy’s fields of expertise are science, technology and environmental politics, public policy, and comparative politics. Her current research focuses on the politics of advanced bio and neurotechnologies. She was a member of the Human Ethics Committee of the University of Canterbury (2009 – 2013) and is currently on the Advisory Board of the MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies. She recently published Mendel’s Ark: Biotechnology and the Future of Extinction with Springer (2014).