Pablo Fuenzalida was born in Chile, grew up for 7 years on farms in New Zealand before moving to the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Throughout his life he has resided near or on pristine coastlines spending a lot of time in and around the ocean. Since then, he’s been striving towards making marine conservation his life. Pablo has been a Reef Check Ambassador for four years and has recently come onboard as a team leader and event coordinator.
Pablo recently completed a double degree in Animal Ecology & Business (tourism, leisure & events management) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. While completing his degree he became a research assistant in Beach Ecology. He has been conducting research into marine debris for over two years, cleaning beaches from K’gari to Minjerribah and everywhere in between in Southeast Queensland. He is now undertaking an honours degree modelling the movements of Grey Nurse Sharks and comparing them to their environment, to see how climate change will affect them in the future.
Pablo also works with Sunshine Coast Council in the citizen science realm, assisting them in creating new projects to engage the regional community in new, innovative & inclusive ways. Pablo is extremely passionate about conservation science, science communication & citizen science. Being a team leader at Reef Check combines all his interests into one role, which is what has driven Pablo to volunteer and work with Reef Check Australia.