Sailor & PhD Candidate at Science Under Sail, Blue Peter Sea School and the University of Queensland
New Zealander living in Australia
Growing up on the east coast of Australia, the ocean has always been a place of inspiration and respite for Emma. Experiencing these marine environments as a surfer and diver have shaped her values and career choices. As an environmental social scientist, Emma has a breadth of experience working across renewable energy, integrated water management and biodiversity conservation. She enjoys working collaboratively with industry, government and communities using applied research to tackle sustainability and conservation challenges. Emma has been involved in several science communication and education programs; she has taught people about their brains at music festivals, marine science while sailing and supports ocean based outward-bound style adventures for kids of all ages.
Emma is currently undertaking a PhD; her research explores how behavioural drivers and social contexts enable people to act for nature. She recently completed an internship with Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist reporting on the State of Science in Queensland. This summer Emma is working with CSIRO, SIO, IPEV and LEGOS monitoring the Southern Ocean in Antarctica.