It is really important that people work together and make sure that no one is left behind.
Together we build the new world we need.
In the past, people believed that women can not do the same work as men because of having limitations. Now the times have changed and evidence shows that women bring different strengths whilst still doing the same work as men for the same number of hours and the same responsibilities.
|Sarah Neill is a marine biologist and expeditioner with a passion for anything that swims! She gained extensive experience in marine conservation worldwide, from surveying marine mammals to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine life, and she became a regional coordinator for both the Sea Watch Foundation and British Divers Marine Life Rescue and sit on the board of the International Otter Survival Fund. Here is an interview with Sarah Neill,
By Ussi Abuu, WildHub Catalyst and Core Community Member.
Sarah, Can you introduce yourself, what do you do professionally?
Sara: I'm a lecturer in further and higher education and a marine biologist
Let's talk a little bit about marine conservation.
#1. What inspired you to become a marine biologist?
Sarah: I had wanted to be a marine biologist since the age of 7. I was already animal mad thanks to my mother but I had a real fascination with sea life and was further inspired by a tv show called Sea Trek presented by Mike deGruy and Martha Holmes
#2. What education is needed to become a marine biologist?
Sarah: My education was GCSEs, then at A-Level I studied Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and General Studies. I then studied Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology at Plymouth University
#3. For someone who is a leader in marine biology, what are the top lessons you can share with us?
Sarah: Advice I would give - Never give up. Be prepared to volunteer and work for free in order to gain experience and open doors. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can't do something, I always had people underestimate me or say I was too small to be able to carry dive equipment, catch seals, do the heavy lifting needed as an aquarist etc. Whilst disheartening I never listened to it, and learned how to turn it around in interviews – “but I am small enough to climb in your tanks and clean them, I can still carry it but in more trips” etc. Stay determined, anyone can do anything they want so long as they put their mind to it.
Let’s talk a little bit more about your involvement with WildHub.
1.1. How did you hear about WildHub and why did you join?
Sarah: I heard about WildHub when I was sent a message on LinkedIn from Adam advising there were bursaries for those in marine conservation to apply for to do a WildHub course. I applied and was awarded a bursary to do the Grant Writing course :)
1.2. Is there something that would make WildHub even better for you or people you know?
Sarah: To make WildHub better - I guess I still don't fully understand how to navigate it, and how the different rooms etc work so a tutorial for new members would be good
Thanks, Sarah for sharing your insights and wisdom with our WildHub members and many others around the world, I particularly like your perspective or insights on marine conservation.