In the My Story webinars hear New Zealand women in science speak about their roles, their personal highlights, and their tips for success in a STEM career.

Speaker: Priscilla (Cilla) Wehi

Cilla is co-Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini, the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for complex systems. Cilla is a conservation biologist based at the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago. She completed a PhD in ecology and Māori at the University of Waikato in 2006, and her research intersects the sciences and humanities, focusing on animal ecology, culture and biodiversity. She has relationships through her extended family networks with Tainui waka, Ngāpuhi and Tūhoe.

A 2014 Rutherford Discovery Fellow and 2021 Hill Tinsley Medal winner, Cilla is passionate about inclusivity in science and is a 2022 Facilitator in the Homeward Bound programme for women in science leadership. Cilla is also a member of the Kindness in Science Collective sponsored by Te Pūnaha Matatini.

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Thanks to support from Plant & Food Research.

Rights: Amanda Kirk

Scientist Dr Priscilla Wehi

Dr Priscilla Wehi is a transdisciplinary researcher weaving together mātauranga Māori, biology, chemistry and culture.

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Pricilla co-authored the Connected article Te tapa ingoa. This explores how early Māori went about naming and grouping the plants and animals they found around them.

Pricilla was part of the team that investigated how early Māori perceived and responded to species extinction and ecological crises, ex[plore this further in. Dead as the moa: oral traditions show that early Māori recognised extinction.

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