Kimberley Maxwell (Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāitai, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is doing a PhD in Marine Biology at Victoria University of Wellington.
What do you do on an average work day?
Planning field work, field work collecting samples and data, dissecting and assessing samples in labs, photography, analysing data, report writing and presenting.
What did you study at school? And after high school?
At school I studied Biology, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Te Reo Maori and Classics. After high school I studied Zoology and Marine Biology.
Was your study directly related to what you do now?
What would you like to share with young women who are thinking about their career choices right now?
Try work experience in the field you are interested in to see if you really like it and not just the idea of it.
What are some of your career highlights so far?
- Culturing hapuka, kingfish, sea cucumbers and pāua.
- Field surveys of toheroa beds in Northland and Southland.
- SCUBA diving and fishing in the Bay of Plenty.
Why do you believe engaging in STEM – whether it’s working in the field, studying it or just educating one’s self around the issues – is important to New Zealand?
These fields are developing and expanding rapidly and it’s important to understand the ethical issues involved and how they sit with your own values and beliefs.
Why is it important to have more women working in STEM?
STEM fields relate to both men and women and women are underpaid in these fields and in some areas also underrepresented. It’s important to have an equal voice and footing in these fields.
Kimberley Hera Maxwell is a PhD Student at Victoria University of Wellington. Her thesis is 'Advising fisheries managers using ecosystems-based fisheries models that integrate stakeholder perspectives.'
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