Anne-Sophie is studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology and Ecology at the University of Otago and is one of their Academic Excellence Scholarship recipients. She has represented New Zealand at numerous international conferences including Youth ANZAAS as well as the Royal Society of New Zealand Travel Award where she got the opportunity to experience Antarctica. In addition, she has recently been selected to represent the New Zealand delegation at the Next Generation Global Leaders Programme – Ship for World Youth.
Anne-Sophie is an experienced wildlife guide that hosts visitors from around the world at the only mainland colony of albatross in the world. She is extremely passionate about the plight of the seabirds and uses her unique access to international audiences as an opportunity to inspire sustainability and respect for the environment. In addition to guiding, she also acts as an educator to local school children leading projects such as restoration of natural habitats, tagging of blue penguins, monitoring pests and beach clean ups. She volunteers for the Department of Conservation in the daily management of the Northern Royal Albatross and their chicks during the breeding season. Her love for the marine environment has seen her be successful in science fair projects throughout high school, winning reoccurring premier awards including the Dairy NZ Most Promising Future Scientist.
Anne-Sophie plans to use her time as an ambassador as an opportunity to contribute to her aim of leaving the world a better place than she found it.