Laura Park

Laura Park is a 20-year-old student at Plymouth University in the UK studying Ocean Science and Marine Conservation. Having grown up around the coast is what cemented her drive to contribute to the ocean and its inhabitants.  Laura recently spent a month in South Africa collecting opportunistic data on whaling watching boat. She also contributed to regular beach cleans, river health surveys, teaching children to speak English, rare whale dissections and seal counts and surveys. She also played an integral role in the continuation of research on different cetacean species around the coast.  

When she was 17, she spent the summer at Bangor University and completed a Nuffield Research project entitled “3D Morphology of Sabelleria alveolata reefs” gaining a gold STEM crest award for the paper. She also aided PhD students with the fieldwork for their thesis'.  Laura has always loved water-based sports, be it rowing, swimming or kayaking. When she’s not in the water she loves horse riding, volunteering at an aquarium and tutoring younger students. She is currently in her final year of her undergraduate degree and is working towards a master’s degree in Marine Mammal Biology.   

Laura’s passion for the ocean and all its inhabitants is what inspired her to apply for the World Ocean’s Day Youth Advisory Council as she feels that there is always more that can be done. To her, the best way to make a difference is to start immediately and include the world in the local and global effort.