Gisela Kaplan has made her mark as an academic with a substantial number of research papers in ornithology and primatology, especially in the highly acclaimed studies of Australian native birds. She is better known by the Australian public for her books (23 published) and her presence in the media as a much sought-after science communicator. She has been awarded many prizes and honours for her work and actions and in her spare time she raises and rehabilitates native birds. She is now Emeritus Professor (Prof. of Animal Behaviour) at UNE, has two earned PhDs and one Honorary Doctor of Science awarded for Outstanding Scholarship. Gisela continues writing both for the Australian public and the international community and is involved with many activities aimed at improving the lives of native birds.