Miriam Brown Bhurrah became an intern at the end of 2018. Though still a student of Geospatial Science, she is already putting her studies to good practice at NatureFiji-MareqetiViti creating maps of all points of data collection during the Biodiveristy Rapid Assessment on the Nakanacagi Bat Sanctuary, for which she also ran transect lines using a handheld GPS.
As part of her internship, Miriam has also produced a Species Profile for a workshop on IUCN RedList assessment planning. In addition, she has been assisting with data entry for a socio-economic survey conducted in Bua, and provides administrative support in areas including file sorting, acquittals, and payment vouchers.
Miriam is sharing her artistic talents with NatureFiji-MareqetiViti as well. She has been working with NFMV volunteer artist Anne O’Brien to create earrings representing endemic species, which will be used for fundraising. Moreover, while helping to prepare educational materials related to Migratory Species Day, she has illustrated templates of birds for a color-in competition and is designing a selfie frame to be used at a public event.
Now in her final year pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at University of the South Pacific majoring in Geospatial Science, the Analyst Pathway, Miriam is passionate about sustainable development, creating greener economies and safe guarding our pristine biodiversity from the growing threats of global warming and other severe impacts of climate change on our islands and ecosystems. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in Development Studies or Environmental Management.