I work across all of our BLAKE programmes from coordinating our BLAKE Leadership Awards and Young Leader Awards through to managing logistics for the BLAKE Inspire programmes and mobilising young New Zealanders as a BLAKE NZ-VR Environmental Educator. My involvement with BLAKE began in 2016 as a NIWA Freshwater Ambassador in Christchurch and I have since been involved with the Tara Expeditions, Dream Team and worked as one of our Environmental Educators full-time in 2019 in it’s inaugural year.
Last year I graduated from Massey University with Distinction in a Master of Natural Sciences with a focus in microbiology. My thesis researched the fusion of lytic virus proteins (bacteriophage endolysins) to biodegradable nanobeads as an antibiotic alternative for isolated and rural communities to protect health care workers. Although my academic research has been largely laboratory-based, my inner mermaid gets excited by anything under the sea. Having worked on a genetics project to help identify toheroa through eDNA, my love of the ocean and a sustainable future has taken me around the world, with a highlight being a few weeks in the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, learning about oceanography and coral microbiology in this unique environment.
Outside of BLAKE, I am on the Royal Agricultural Society National Executive, the Northern District RAS Council and am the Executive Secretary for the House of Science Auckland Board. I also operate Inca Ayrshires, a pedigree Ayrshire cattle stud which I exhibit around the North Island and breed to have a lower environmental impact whilst still showcasing the importance of agriculture in New Zealand.
I am excited about getting young people involved with environmental stewardship through leadership and experience here at BLAKE. Please feel free to get in touch with me about any of our programmes through firstname.lastname@example.org.