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BSc (Hons.) Marine Biology
Phone: (09) 470 3829
When I was a school kid, I was always more interested in physics, chemistry and especially biology instead of language, history or art. I wanted to work with animals and plants, so I became first a Biological Technician. Later I decided it was not enough, as I wanted to go more into science so I started to study Biology at the University in Bremen/Germany. I finished with a BSc (Hons.) in Marine Biology, where my studies focused on the idea that less calorie intake in juvenile turbot (Scophthalmus maximus L.), would result in less production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). These are responsible for DNA and protein damage in tissues. Less ROS means healthier fish in Aquaculture farming by using less food, which would reduce the environmental impact. After nearly 3 years on a salmon farm on Stewart Island, my new position with NorthTec allows me now to share my passion about the environment and management for sustainable use of resources with new generations of students.
Interests: Finfish Aquaculture, Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), Integrated Multi – Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)
Publication: Body growth, mitochondrial enzymatic capacities and aspects of the antioxidant system and redox balance under calorie restriction in young turbot (Scophthalamus maximus L.). Doris Abele, Daniel Roecken, Martin Graeve, Bela H. Buck;
Aquaculture research Vol.38, Issue 5, p. 467-477, 2007.
The step from year 12 to here (level 2 to level 5) is a challenge in self-discipline, but I’m so much more motivated...
“I went overseas with my family, and by seeing the extent of what needs to be done, I renewed and deepened my interest in conservation. I realised this was what I want to do and I was keen to start on that journey as soon as possible. By doing the certificate here straight from year 12, I kick-start my career a year earlier, it’s cheaper and more practical than uni, and I’ll have my degree by the time I’m 19.”
“The step from year 12 to here (level 2 to level 5) is a challenge in self-discipline, but I’m so much more motivated to learn. I also love that we have a small class with direct access to the tutors.”
“I’m from Waipu, so it also means we’re learning about our own region. Already I have a new-found appreciation for the inter-connectedness of the environment.”
“I know I want to be part of the change on the planet and I’m keen to travel more with my knowledge. I don’t have long term plan yet, but I know I’m in the right field, that this is what I want to learn, and that opportunities will present themselves as I go on.”