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    Biology Meets Engineering


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    Join us for an enlightening evening where you'll have the chance to engage with engineers, ecologists and freshwater technicians. It is the chance to hear about how engineers work with environmental scientists and understand how the work of PhD students are valuable for nation wide organisations and companies.

    Siobhan Nuri is a freshwater technician and currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Waikato. Her thesis research is focusing on providing insights into the early life histories of longfin and shortfin tuna. Siobhan is passionate about freshwater fisheries and te taiao. In 2020, Siobhan was lead author on a paper published in the NZ Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research entitled ‘Comparison of  bathyscope and snorkelling methods for iwi monitoring of kākahi populations in the shallow littorals of Lake Rotorua and Rotoiti’. She was also awarded the Department of Conservation’s Best Contribution to Conservation award at the 2020 NZ Freshwater Science Society Conference. 

    Katherine Doerr is an engineer and project manager for the large new elver trap at Matahina Dam for Manawa. Katherine has ten years experience in the renewables industry and worked on a range of projects in variety of countries and with different technologies. She enjoys the challenge of managing complex engineering projects which give her the opportunity to combine her commercial and engineering skills.

    Caleb Sjardin is an Environmental Scientist and Head of Environment at Manawa. Caleb has 14 years’ experience in the hydropower and environmental consulting industries. A common theme throughout his career has been the development, trialling, implementation and monitoring of fish passage solutions throughout New Zealand. Caleb is happiest when he is on-site working alongside stakeholders to achieve positive environmental outcomes.

    It is the perfect event for high-school and uni students to get inspired and meet role models but also for adults that are eager to explore more when it comes to engineering and the environment.

    Mark your calendars and seize the chance to broaden your horizons at this exclusive talk with STEM experts!

    When: Monday 15th July 2024, 5:30pm

    Where: The Babbage Space, Basestation, 148 Durham Street

    This event is not suitable for children under 15 years old, but is perfect for older high school students, uni students and adults. 

    This event has been kindly supported by Tauranga City Council.

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