Bhakti Patel

I work with the team to deliver our amazing environmental education programmes such as YELF, Young Blake Expeditions, Blake Ambassadors, and Environmental Educator. I joined the trust in October 2016, and have so far taken part in two YELFs, and the 2018 Young Blake Expedition to The Kermadec Islands. 

I obtained my BSc and Masters degrees from the University of Auckland, Leigh Marine Lab specialising in Marine science. My research focussed on snapper physiology. Prior to joining the trust, I was a Marine Biology Technician and Ecology Team Leader at the University of Auckland where I was an educator, diver, and skipper - providing technical support in the lab and in the field. 

My passion comes from fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a marine biologist. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm through education and photography. 

I went on expedition to Raoul Island, in the Kermadec Islands, in September 2017 to carry out cetacean research for Dr Rochelle Constantine's research at the University of Auckland. I experienced ship life on the Royal New Zealand's Navy warship HMNZS Wellington, and collected data on migrating humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins. Follow my expedition HERE.



Bhakti at Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands collecting cetacean data for the University of Auckland. September 2017.

Bhakti at Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands collecting cetacean data for the University of Auckland. September 2017.