Emily coordinates the on-the-ground work for Taranaki Mounga – she is the person who organises the team to undertake work such as species recovery, predator control and our threatened fauna work.
Born in Zambia, Emily’s fascination and passion for the natural world was ignited during family holidays in national wildlife parks. She moved to Wellington at a young age and developed a love of the New Zealand bush through tramping.
After completing a double degree in Arts and Science, Emily studied an island translocation of mohua as part of her Masters of Conservation Science. She spent time working for DOC in Northland and Wellington before travelling and working in British Columbia, Canada. Emily moved to Taranaki in 2008 to again work for DOC. While leading threatened species projects, she developed a strong connection to the Mounga and now considers Taranaki home.
Emily is honoured to be part of the Taranaki Mounga Project, working in a very special place with a highly skilled team. She thinks the project is challenging and exciting, and pushes conventional boundaries in pest control and threatened species management for transformational change.
In her spare time Emily loves exploring the world with her young son and partner, spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking and enjoying the outdoors.