In 2007, Briar completed a BSc majoring in Biology at Canterbury University, then worked in biotechnology until conservation came knocking. After successfully completing the DOC/NMIT Trainee Ranger course, she embarked on a three and a half year journey around the North Island as a ranger for the Department of Conservation.
Briar returned to the top of the South to work for ZIP, and is one of three rangers based at the field site in Queen Charlotte Sound. She loves working with a close knit, diverse and knowledgeable team in an environment that is always open to fresh ideas, with an inclusive approach to research and development. She finds the possible outcomes for conservation as a result of ZIP’s work very exciting.
In her spare time, Briar can be found either down at Huia cabin indulging in her artistic creations (with a lethal cup of coffee of course), out ‘shooting’ native birds with her camera or busy supplying the field team with fresh blue cod.