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Dr. Amanda Valois

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Dr. Amanda Valois is a freshwater scientist and team leader (Water Monitoring) at Greater Wellington Regional Council. Amanda is interested in increasing the accessibility of science tools, protocols and information by the public. She began her work in community-based water monitoring (CBWM) in Canada as a trainer for the Canadian Benthic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN). This programme developed a national network of river biomonitoring sites by working with community and First Nations groups across the country. In NZ, Amanda’s post-doctoral research was on NIWA’s Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment Kit (SHMAK). She is the chair of the National Advisory Group for Freshwater Citizen Science and part of the Litter Intelligence and Wai Connection governance group. Her research supports public participation in water quality monitoring and a greater emphasis on understanding community values in freshwater management.

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