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Carolle Varughese

Job title and place of work

Physics Teacher at Howick College and science communication intern for CARIM.

What is your role in the CARIM project? What work package are you contributing to?

I work as a science communication intern on RA7. 

What do you do on an average work day?

I love that my average work day involves sharing my love for the physical world with my students. It is a privilege to be around minds that are building their skills and knowledge in science. Outside of school, I engage in more science communication work with the local Astronomy society in Auckland, as well as with the Space and Science Festival in Wellington and also on the CARIM project.   

Why is studying coastal acidification important?

I believe that it is important to learn and share about how our everyday practices are affecting our moana (oceans) and the ecosystem that exists in and around them. By studying our coastlines, we can gain a better understanding of how they are changing, as well as possible solutions towards kaitiakitanga (guardianship or environmental preservation).       

What study did you do at high school? And after high school?

I finished Year 13 with Calculus, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. I went on to pursue Physics by completing a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy at the University of Canterbury. It was a challenging decision, but one that I have found absolutely rewarding. I love what I’m able to do because of the skills I honed during my time at school and university. 

What outcomes from CARIM do you think there will be?

There are several outcomes:
- An enhanced understanding of our coastlines
- Predicting and modelling what the future of our coastlines would be given our current track
- Creating effective conversations that lead to tangible changes in our behaviour and perspective of and around our coastlines

What excites you about working on this project?

I’m excited about being able to work on the science communication and outreach part of the project. I love hearing stories and being able to share them, especially when I can bring them into my own classroom. 

Where do you think your contribution to CARIM and your experience as part of this project will lead you to?

I believe that my time with the CARIM project will be significant for my own professional development as a teacher. Furthermore, it will also help me engage with the public, learn about what concerns are out there, and how to best be able to share information that CARIM is researching.