Atlanta Veld

Summary of research interests: Made in Hong Kong, born in New Zealand and raised in the stunning Otway Ranges of Victoria were the eclectic foundations for Atlanta's journey to becoming a passionate Citizen Scientist. Atlanta travelled all over Australia before settling in Albany ten years ago, where she decided to formalise her knowledge. Her studies on the Long-necked Turtle in 2007 won her Student of the Year and encouraged her to delve deeper into honing her scientific skills. While completing a degree in Restoration Ecology, she continued her survey work of the turtles and is now recognised locally as the "go to" girl for all things turtle. She encourages everyone to remember the dream, take a leap of faith in their abilities and give it a go. It's the journey not the destination that matters.

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