Our Team

The OSOF team are passionate about protecting New Zealand’s coastal and marine environment. Our members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and share a common goal; to engage and work with local communities, groups and governing agencies to take an active role in protecting the coastal and marine environment.

Regional Coordination Team

Danny Rood

Danny is New Zealand born and raised and is currently based in Wellington. He studied Environmental Studies, Geology and Geography at Victoria University of Wellington, augmented by a postgraduate diploma in Science (geology). He is passionate about our natural environment, hiking and photography.

 

Content Team

Andrea Greene Liberatore

Andrea is the Content Coordinator for OSOF and has a background in biology and environmental education. She moved to Dunedin in 2013 and fell in love with Otago’s costal environment. Andrea finds joy in sharing her passion for the natural world in interesting and creative ways, and enjoys the challenge of translating people’s interest in nature into sustainable behaviour change.

Jen Cooper

Jen studied marine biology at the University of Liverpool U.K and is interested in human impacts, in particular over-consumption and waste. From a grounding in ecology she has become interested in understanding human behaviour and how to promote pro-environmental values. Jen has joined the OSOF initiative as a Content Creator. She also has a keen interest in education, awareness raising and science communication, and is currently based in Queensland, Australia.

 

Policy Team

Simone Weisheimer

Simone joins OSOF as our Policy Team Coordinator. Simone is from Brazil, where she studied Marine Ecology, and later pursued a postgraduate degree in Environmental Policy and Management and a Master in Sustainability from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Simone’s interests include coastal walks, scuba diving, travelling and beach walks.

 

Social Media Team

Brittany Mathias

Brittany joins OSOF as our Social Media Coordinator. She is currently completing her postgraduate studies in Marine Science at University of Auckland and has a particular interest in Marine Mammals. Brittany also enjoys walking in the Waitakere Ranges and exploring Auckland’s beaches in her spare time.

 

Rachel Simento

Rachel has joined our team as a Content Creator. She studied Marine Science and Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, and has just finished a Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Science. Rachel’s interests include spending time at the beach, and doing coastal walks.

 

 

Ashwathy Subramanyan

Ash has joined our team as a Content Creator. She studied Marine Science and statistics at the University of Auckland, and has just finished a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management. Her interests include social dimensions of environmental change, environmental ethics and creative writing.

 

 

Rikki Taylor

Rikki studied Marine Science and Statistics and is currently working on her Masters in Marine Science at the University of Auckland. She is passionate about the meeting of conservation and industry for a sustainable fisheries in New Zealand. Rikki’s interests include, diving, spending time at the beach and travel.

 

 

Support Team

Claire McIntosh

Claire assists in running coastal clean-up events in the Otago region. Claire is a trained massage therapist and an artist with a strong interest in the natural environment and conservation. Claire is originally from the Taranaki region, and enjoys hiking and camping in her spare time.

 
 
 

Leadership Roles – Is this you?

As part of the OSOF core team, you will be responsible for leading and coordinating environmental education and conservation events, projects, and managing volunteers within your region.You will have a tertiary qualification/s in environmental management or science, with a knowledge of New Zealand environmental conservation issues and environment.

View the volunteer role description.

Support Roles – Is this you?

As part of the OSOF support team, you will be helping our core members in various support roles based on your relevent experience. You will have a tertiary qualification/s or industry experience, with a knowledge of New Zealand environmental conservation issues and environment.

View the volunteer role description.