As a kid growing up in Te Waipounamu, I had a fascination with nature generally, and rockpools in particular. This led me to study marine ecology, based at the Goat Island Marine Reserve north of Auckland. I’ve been lucky to study, work, and dive in the seas around New Zealand, and in Southern Chile. These experiences have come with mixed emotions. The damage humans have done is heart-breaking, but I remain captivated by the diversity and beauty of marine communities.