Emma Newcombe

Job title and place of work

Marine Ecology - Coastal Monitoring and Research, Cawthron Institute, Nelson.

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

RA1. Variability of coastal pH and the carbonate system.
I’m responsible for deployment of sensors and collection of water samples in Tasman Bay.

What do you do on an average work day?

I work on a lot of different projects. I work with councils to help them make decisions about how to manage their marine environments. I also help communicate information about the marine environment to the public. I’m also working with iwi on ways to rebuild important populations of kaimoana. I’m often out in Tasman Bay diving and collecting data to measure the effects of aquaculture and other activity, and also doing work for the CARIM project.

Why is studying coastal acidification important?

It’s so important be able to understand what is happening at a range of scales. You can’t understand everything about your local area without looking at what is happening around the country, and around the world. 

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

At school I was into English, art and photography, and didn’t study science past fifth form (year 11). After I got my BA in English Literature I worked in publishing and marketing, but after five years decided to go back and study marine sciences.

What outcomes from CARIM do you think there will be?

The OA work will provide information on large-scale (big picture) change, which will be important in a lot of the small-scale work we do. That’s why it is great to be able to contribute to this work. 

What excites you about working on this project?

The results from this project will be relevant to nearly every aspect of marine health and management that I work on. The results will be useful for a whole range of people for whom the marine environment is important, but in general those people wouldn’t be able to address questions about ocean acidification themselves, because of the scale of research required.