The OP careers network was in full flow at the OP Newcastle Reunion on 2 March which this year included an informal drinks networking session to start the evening off. Envionment Management student, Toby Nash (2005-2009), who was at the event couldn’t believe his luck when he was put in touch with Carol Milner (1991-1993) for advice on his summer research project into coral reefs.
Carol, who works in conservation and sustainable development and education in the environment, spent 7 years living and sailing on the ocean whilst working for NGOs helping to assess the health of coral reefs in SE Asia and the Pacific. She has also participated in two projects in Indonesia studying coral reefs and working with local people to address environmental issues such as plastic pollution washed ashore and educational outreach programmes to inspire stewardship of the environment. In January 2012 she founded the Biosphere Association a UK charity to support work in these areas.
“This is great contact for me to have and hopefully Carol will be able to offer me a great insight into coral reef conservation as I start work on my project,” commented Toby.
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