60 Seconds with Our Staff | Carolyn Walker
Marsden Fund Senior Research Assessor
Dr Carolyn Walker
I help to administer contestable funding to New Zealand’s research community.
Years with RSNZ: 3
I am originally from:
People would be surprised to know?
I’ve scuba dived under a frozen high altitude Queenstown lake, climbed a vertical face of a glacier in Iceland, rock climbed a precipice in Canada, lived in Bermuda when a category 4 hurricane made landfall, spent a month in the Bermuda Triangle chasing severe storms at sea, picked up a 3m python in the Vietnam and survived the Stratosfear ride at Rainbows End. None of which is as terrifying as finding a spider in my boot.
Museum or art gallery:
Museum – love the ancient artefacts
Fossil ammonites – everything else is just stamp collecting.
Biology or chemistry:
Both – by training I’m a biogeochemist with a foot in each camp.
The accomplishment I am most proud of?
My degree, My PhD, My postdoc, my journal publications, my barista’s certificate, buying a first home in today’s economic climate.
Favourite dish to cook
Fajitas with lots of fresh coriander, salsa, and avo (yes you can have a house and eat avocados!)