Annika, a Virtual Reality Environmental Educator for BLAKE wants to inspire those around her and her her passion for the environment. She has completed a Masters of Architecture at the University of Auckland investigating ways to celebrate and connect users to their environment focusing on the interactions between the building, the inhabitant, their surroundings, but also as a mediation between scientists, stakeholders and the public. During her studies, Annika worked as a dive instructor for Dive Tutukaka and an aquarist at Kelly Tarltons Aquarium. She has been President of the Auckland University Underwater Club, a trainee on the Spirit of Adventure and a volunteer for Experiencing Marine Reserves, Northern NZ Seabird Trust and the Cancer Society. In 2016, Annika was selected as the Blake Antarctic Ambassador working alongside the BLAKE, Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Team down in Antarctica. Using her natural enthusiasm and infectious personality, Annika hope to educate others to understand and cherish our unique environment to better protect it for the years to come.