Having always been inspired by the Australian environment, I completed my Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne in 2017, majoring in marine biology with a broad interest in ecology and climate change. Here, I pursued a research project at the Marine Microbial Symbiont Facility and subsequently worked as a research assistant here for a number of years. In 2019, I decided to move towards social environmental studies, in particular community-based and Indigenous land and sea management, through a Master of Environment (UniMelb). This led me to undertake a minor research thesis exploring the organisational challenges Indigenous land and sea management organisations face in Australia, along with my current internship at the UAB where I am investigating methods used by organisations to ensure Indigenous data sovereignty. Alongside this, I am also working as an environmental engagement officer at the City of Mandurah in Western Australia, where I manage volunteer programs to engage our community with their environment, and deliver environmental education programs.