Jo helps to coordinate and support BV's conservation programmes, as well as managing communications across the organisation. She also coordinates Blue Ventures' Independent Research programme and helps to run the community based aquaculture regional network.
In her gap year Jo volunteered on a marine conservation project in Fiji, where the pristine reefs and abundant marine life fuelled a love for the marine world and diving. Whilst studying for a BSc in Environmental Science, at the University of Sussex, she also volunteered on a marine conservation project in Madagascar and based her two undergrad thesis' on marine subjects. After going onto to gain an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London, Jo worked in London for a events company and also spent 6 months in the Okavango Delta, Botswana researching human-elephant conflict. She has also undertaken scientific research in Zambia and the UK. Jo started working for Blue Ventures in November 2011.
Outside of BV Jo enjoys cooking, photography, being outdoors as much as possible and seeing as much of the world as she can while partaking in adrenaline fuelled activities.
"I have always had a passion for the environment, and since I was a child wanted to be the next David Attenborough. The fact that Blue Ventures is on the cutting edge of conservation, bridging the gap between conservation and development, is what makes my job (and working for BV) so exciting. Looking at the bigger picture in an integrated way, and creating innovative, holistic solutions to environmental problems that are being adopted by others, is what makes BV so unique."
Latest blog post: "Spicing up aquaculture: Experiences from our regional workshop in Zanzibar".