- MSc (Botany). University College Dublin, Ireland, 2008
- BSc (Hons, Environmental Biology). University West of England, Bristol, UK, 2004
Role at Cawthron
Cristina leads Cawthron's science education initiatives and activities. She is the main contact for schools in the Nelson region, and works closely with primary and secondary teachers in the top of the South Island to enhance science education in schools.
She also organises a range of education and community events throughout the year including the Celebrate Science with Cawthron festival and the Cawthron Science and Technology Fair, teacher training workshops, and NCEA year 13 workshops on aquaculture.
Cristina is passionate about presenting technical science in an easily understandable way, and believes effective science communication is critical to increasing public engagement in significant scientific issues.
She has a background in invasive species' research, control and awareness including her previous work in Ireland at the National Botanic Gardens and managing a project to control the giant rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria).
Technical skills, experience and interests
- National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, herbarium and ethnobotanical museum collection
- Invasive species including managing the project to control Gunnera tinctoria (giant rhubarb) on Achill and Clare Island, Ireland
- Community education and awareness around invasive species' control and research methods
- Organic gardener, Koanga Gardens, Northland
- Snorkelling guide, Leigh Marine Reserve
- Assistant primary teacher and volunteer for Department of Conservation
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- Dopico E and Armstrong C 2017. Waking up scientific vocations. New Trends and Issues Proceedings on Humanities and Social Sciences. Volume 3, Issue 1. Pages 34-40.
- Fennell M, Murphy JE, Armstrong C and Gallagher T 2012. Plant Spread Simulator: A model for simulating large-scale directed dispersal processes across heterogeneous environments. Ecological Modelling 230. Pages 1-10.
- Armstrong C 2009. Killing giant rhubarb. Horticulture Landscape Ireland, May 2009. Pages 37-38.
- Armstrong C, Osborne B, Kelly J and Maguire CM 2009. Giant rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria) invasive species action plan. Prepared for NIEA and NPWS as part of Invasive Species Ireland. 16 pages.