At the Blue Carbon Lab, we are happy to host volunteers and interns who visit the lab to learn about coastal wetlands and gain skills in field and laboratory techniques for blue carbon research. Learn about one of our current volunteers, Savitri Thurairatnam:
I have been working with the Blue Carbon Lab on and off for 2 months now.
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Science with majors in Economics and Geography, and am looking to start a career in geospatial science. I am passionate about finding business solutions to the problems of climate change and am interested in decommissioning projects being undertaken in the renewable energy sector.
I have had the pleasure of working with Stacey, Pawel, and Melissa on the TeaComposition H2O Initiative, working in Hobsons Bay, Western Port, and Avalon to process litter bags. I am also working on the epifauna project processing and identifying epifauna samples from Western Port.
Initially, I volunteered at the Blue Carbon Lab with the hope of gaining experience in Geographic Information Systems. However working here has helped me to explore different opportunities within the marine science field, and diversify my field of interest, thereby getting a broader range of options to pick from when choosing my future career. I am also grateful for being able to meet such scientifically-driven individuals who are passionate about the work that they do, and the impact they have on the wider community.