By the time she reached university, pursuing her career path as a Zoologist, focusing on marine benthic ecology, was undeniable.
After many years of studies – obtaining qualifications in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology - she is currently interning at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
We caught up with her to find out more about her goals and aspirations.
Why did you choose this career path?
In my teenage years being a frequent hiker, I developed a love and passion for the environment. I found what I love and pursued it.
What will you take from your experience as a WWF intern?
To be able to learn and hone skills that play to my strengths, as well as those that are out of my field of expertise, so that I am able to grow in a professional capacity.
Also, to gain experience within research data management, exposure to statistics, GIS and spatial planning, genetics and to contribute to what is known about animal species in South Africa.
Who do you most admire and why?
Marine Biologist, Dr Kerry Sink at SANBI. I admire her unrelenting drive and passion to conserve and protect marine biodiversity in South Africa through her work with Marine Protected Areas, bridging the gap between science and policy.
What is the most important issue that you would like to be a part of solving?
Conserving and protecting our oceans and its unique and diverse biodiversity that we know so little about and the promotion of the sustainable use of marine resources to ensure survival of wild populations.
If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
I’d like people to start playing an active role in conservation of our natural resources. The change starts at home with our little ones who will one day become the custodians of those resources. Hopefully we can begin to change minds and hearts.
What role does your generation play in creating a better world?
To understand and be educated on how we affect the environment, so that we can be accountable and better conserve our natural resources, so that what we have today will last for many generations to come.
What makes our future so bright?
South Africa is highly diverse in biodiversity and species richness and is therefore regarded as a biodiversity hotspot. We have a bright future with regards to conservation and management of our unique diversity. With advanced technologies and new discoveries in science, we are becoming better equipped to plan and put measures in place for responsible management and conservation of our natural environment.