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.
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).
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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.