Dr Manue Martinez

Manue is a marine biologist and is passionate about protecting our environment (taiao), the creatures that live in them, and their ecosystems. She’s always keen to share her knowledge and empower others and local communities to make a difference, especially through citizen science. She is curently co-leading Te Tai Tokerau Debris Monitoring Project (TTTDMP).

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Dr Manue Martinez

Originally from France, Manue has moved around the world to pursue her dream, being a marine biologist and doing research on cetaceans (whales and dolphins). 

She obtained her degree in Zoology in the UK, and her Masters in Environmental Science and a PhD in Marine Science in New Zealand. 

Her research interest is primarily on the effects of human activities on marine wildlife. Her postgraduate and a large part of her postdoctoral research has focused on cetaceans, in particular our own endemic Hector’s dolphins and humpback whales, two of her favourite species! In the past 10 years, she has expanded her interests to the impacts of litter on our taiao. 

In 2016, after a few years working as a Senior Scientist for an NGO based in Hawai’i and Australia, Manue came back to New Zealand and settled in Northland (the winterless North). For several years, she was a tutor at NorthTec, Whangārei, and taught many courses in the Environmental Management programme, including environmental issues, animal biology, plant biology, behavioural ecology, marine ecology, marine conservation, and restoration ecology. Field trips and labs were the best part of teaching, hands-on learning is always way more fun! She is always eager to share her knowledge and empower students to find what makes their heart sing, especially if it involves science along the way. 

In 2019, she co-founded Te Tai Tokerau Debris Monitoring Project (TTTDMP) with Nick Bamford (Northland Regional Council), which is a collaboration between local governments, education providers, and citizen-scientists. The primary aim of the TTTDMP is to collate data on litter in the region to increase our understanding on the quantity, type, and location of litter in order to better prevent and mitigate its adverse effects on our ecosystems, wildlife, and human health. TTTDMP enjoys working with schools and get the younger generation involved in litter audits. 

You can follow Manue’s research and TTTDMP’s work here: 

Dr Manue Martinez

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