MISS JOHANNA LEONHARDT is passionate & dedicated to the marine environment, every increasing her knowledge, which will lead to her completing a postgraduate (PhD) studies in coral reef health, later this year.
Johanna has loved the ocean & all things living within it since a young age. Her summer holidays were spent on the beaches around Victoria, Australia, snorkelling, surfing & inspecting the tidal pools. This passion called & she moved from a Forensic Science background, to study & complete, her Masters in Ecology & Conservation (Genetics) at James Cook University, AUS. This course included marine turtle rodeos (field trips), working alongside leading marine turtle experts, Dr Ellen Ariel, Dr Ian Bell & Dr Col Limpus catching turtles, assessing their health, taking blood & tissue samples. She assisted with the establishment of the JCU Turtle Health Facility which looks at possible threats & more importantly, the solutions, to conserve the marine turtle population.
Johanna is a great advocate for habitat conservation & community awareness, she teaches visitors of tropical reefs, that, no change is too small or helpless to conserve our natural world.