Lana Young is studying her Masters in Science Communication Documentary Filmmaking at the University of Otago and holds a BSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Zoology and Marine Science. With a scientific background but creative flair, she enjoys telling stories about nature and the marine world, and has had her podcast ‘Seals – friend or foe’ aired on Radio New Zealand. She is currently working on a feature-length documentary about Southern Ocean seabirds.
As a keen photographer and filmmaker, Lana is often found exploring the wild beaches of the Otago Peninsula. In February, she accompanied the National Science Challenge’s marine research group in Marlborough Sounds, assisting, filming and communicating about their underwater research projects. Lana works as an educator at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre where she helps to teach school-aged kids about the local marine life both in the field and in the laboratory, spreading her enthusiasm for all things wild.
Lana can’t wait to share her experience as an ambassador through photography and film, to communicate about the important research that NIWA scientists carry out.