About me

I am an environmental soil scientist, passionate about Antarctica, a teacher, a scuba-diver who loves the outdoors.

I am an early-career environmental soil scientist whose main research focus is understanding the impacts of human activities on Antarctic terrestrial environments.    I have conducted research in Alaska, the Tibetan Plateau, Vanuatu, PNG, and the Chatham Islands.  I’ve been privileged to have had eight trips to Antarctica: including two for my PhD on human impacts on the soil environment, one to the Antarctic Peninsula as a field assistant with the Spanish Antarctic Programme, two downloading a network of soil climate stations, and my first trip, to run a marathon on the continent.  

I am involved in a multidisciplinary project characterising the environment around Scott Base, Antarctica, as a baseline against which any environmental effects of base redevelopment can be measured.

Most recently I have been awarded a Marsden fast start to investigate whether penguin mounds serve as natural archives of anthropogenic contamination in remote Antarctic environments.

Miers Valley, Antarctica. Photo credit: Jamie McGaw
Working at Scott Base, Ross Island, Antarctica

Teaching and supervison

As a lecturer at Waikato University I contribute to a number of Soil and Environmental Science papers including: Introduction to Earth System Sciences (EARTH101), Environmental Monitoring (ENVSC201), Land and Evaluation (EARTH502), and I am the course coordinator for both Soil Science (EARTH221) and Soil and Water Management (EARTH322).

Check out our School of Science website here!

Soil judging competition, NZ Soil Science Society 2018 conference

Keeping work-life balance

When not working, I love to travel, and spend a lot of time enjoying the outdoors with my husband, cycling, hiking, scuba-diving, and fishing.

Fishing and diving, Coromandel Peninsula, NZ