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Likes: Stories, mist, spontaneous acts of kindness, laughter attacks, and Mexican food (of course!)
Dislikes: Intensive animal farming, goodbyes, celery, and being far away from my dogs.
Favourite Animal in the Yarra Catchment: Wombat! I would also love to see a Growling Grass Frog in real life.
Never seen without a smile, bubbly Sofia helps caretake and contribute to the YRKA citizen science platform, the Yarra Atlas. Submitting environmental observations plays a vital role in creating a connected database of photos and information to be shared and used by organisations, councils, authorities and the general public. She also assists in the all-important task of community engagement, helping inform the wider community about issues and events related to the Yarra.
Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Sofia holds a Bachelor of Biotechnology Engineering and moved to Australia to pursue a Masters of Environment at the University of Melbourne. The recipient of the prestigious Conacyt/Sener Scholarship of Sustainability for Postgraduate Students, Sofia is particularly passionate about bioremediation in aquatic and marine ecosystems, having volunteered for the Mexican Environmental and Natural Resources Secretariat as a field assistant for the Marine Turtle Conservation and Protection Program.
Sofia has extensive and varied experience in research and project management, having volunteered and worked for the likes of Danone Waters, Mexican Institute of Genomic Medicine, TedX, Techo and the Canadian Rivers Institute, in which for the latter she received the esteemed Mitacs Globalink Research Internship Award. A personal highlight was volunteering at a protected area in the rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico, where did not only did she win the contest of having the most mosquito bites, but also got the chance to learn about and photograph fascinating wildlife to be used as learning material for their community engagement program.
In her spare time, Sofia enjoys long walks with her partner to explore new places, playing soccer with friends and dance; from ballet, salsa and flamenco to random movements in her kitchen.
“I never get tired of wandering the Yarra, full of life and countless sites to contemplate nature. Being able to contribute to its protection along with a team of passionate and dedicated people brings me joy.”