Sophie joined Motu in July 2018, having completed her masters in ecology at the University of Canterbury. Her thesis explored the effectiveness of environmental restoration at reinstating ecosystem functioning, with applications for planning and delivering cost-effective restoration that yields realised gains for biodiversity. Prior to this, she completed a bachelor's degree jointly majoring in economics and biological sciences. During her undergraduate study, Sophie spent a semester abroad at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria.
At Motu, Sophie works in our Environmental team. At present she manages the Waro Project, investigating the use of the New Zealand ETS to facilitate native forest regeneration on Maori land, focussed in Tairāwhiti. She has also worked with Angela Halliday, the former Partnerships Director for the Deep South National Science Challenge, in co-ordinating engagement of stakeholders and researchers in this space.
Sophie loves tea, tramping, football, jazz, and auntying. More recently she's also started undertaking ambitious craft projects.