What’s the first thing you did this morning?
I opened my balcony doors and took a big breath of salty fresh air!
Why marine biology?
My love for marine science started with scuba diving. Swimming alongside fish as they go about their usual business is enthralling. Fish are fascinating as they are both delicious and a source of income and wellbeing for the large majority of people around the world. I love nature, love being close to the water (in the water is even better!) and my path as a marine biologist has led me to visit the most amazing places and meet the most amazing people. I don’t regret my career choice one bit!
Who is a woman you admire?
World famous primatologist Jane Goodall. Not only has this woman made an immense contribution to the world of science and conservation but she sparks positive change everywhere she goes. From rainforest conservation to women's education and reproductive health, Jane Goodall has helped solve local problems by empowering communities to come up with local solutions. As she has rightly pointed out, restoring ecosystem health and empowering people at the local level are not mutually exclusive; in fact they can often go hand in hand.
Any favorite quotes from her?
“The greatest danger to our future is apathy”, and, on a more positive note, “Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.”
What’s in your PagaBag?
A Paga Bag in a Bag! I keep all my essentials in it. It keeps my PagaBag from turning into a "Mary Poppins" bag and makes transitioning between bags much easier. What else? My computer, headphones, a book and a passport – I’m off to Spain to attend a scientific meeting!