Another daughter for Mother Nature: Australia Awards alum Adriana Humanes joins Homeward Bound Antarctic adventure

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 15:00
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Australia Awards alum Adriana Humanes completed her PhD at James Cook University, exploring the effects of human activities and climate change on coral reproduction.

Since returning home in December 2016, the Venezuelan marine biologist has been awarded a Homeward Bound scholarship to further her research under this ground-breaking leadership, strategic and science initiative for women.

For Adriana, returning to Venezuela “after living in beautiful Townsville was not an easy task”.

“I never imagined it would be harder than doing my PhD!”

She was shocked by the levels of poverty and hunger her country had faced since she had left to take up her Australia Awards scholarship four years earlier. This shock impelled her to make change, citing her time in Australia as having “given me tools to see problems from a different perspective and seek solutions”. The result? Her successful application to Homeward Bound’s leadership program.

As the first Venezuelan on the program, Adriana will join a team of 78 international researchers, embarking on a program that aims to heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background on policy and decision making as it shapes our planet. For one year, the program provides individual coaching, leadership training and project development, and at the end of this training phase all participants meet for a three week Antarctic expedition.

“Participating in this program…will allow me to collaborate with world leaders in environmental conservation on projects focused on reducing the effects of human activities on climate change,”. Adriana said.

For more information on Adriana’s work and research, read her story in Reef Builders.