Lou manages the marine policy team at the Ministry for the Environment. The team spans emerging policy (she was on a UN Advisory Group for a global marine litter assessment in 2017), new legislation such as the proposed Kermadec / Rangitahua Ocean Sanctuary Bill, regulations under the EEZ Act (currently amending regulations to manage rocket debris in the EEZ, and drafting decommissioning regulations for offshore oil and gas facilities), and long-term marine management strategy.
Lou has a Masters in Oceanography from Oregon State University, then returned home to work at NIWA before jumping to central government. She managed DOC’s subantarctic’s marine program including leading a field expedition to respond to an Undaria incursion at the Snares Islands, carrying out marine biodiversity surveys and species collections at Campbell, Auckland, Bounty and Antipodes Islands, and general marine reserve management. She then worked at Biosecurity NZ on establishing regional marine biosecurity partnerships and did a stint at fisheries before moving to MfE 4 years ago where she managed a climate change team prior to her current role.
Outside of work Lou’s a keen mountain biker and into ocean swimming, playing guitar and exploring Wellington’s south-coast underwater whenever the weather obliges.