Who are we?

Tomahawk Lagoon Citizen Science project team is facilitated by members of ECOTAGO Charitable Trust.

Team facilitators are:

Andrew Innes


Recently retired from secondary school teaching in 2013, Andrew taught biology, chemistry and science. In 2005 he was awarded a Royal Society of NZ Teacher Fellowship and developed the Healthy Harbour Watchers programme. The focus was to investigate different aspects of the environmental health of the Otago harbour ecosystem. This has formed the basis of the Tomahawk Lagoon Citizen Science project he now leads.

Dr Jonathan Kim


Jonathan is an independent educator and scientist with a PhD in Oceanography. He has worked as a scientist for both DSIR and NIWA and more recently as a research scientist with the University of Otago. Jonathan retrained as a secondary school teacher in 2008 and heĀ provides us with high quality scientific expertise and advice for both the Healthy Harbour Watchers and Tomahawk Lagoon Citizen Science projects.

Lena Schallenberg


Lena has been working as a researcher in freshwater ecology and water quality for the past 5 years. She is currently doing her PhD at the University of Otago looking at picocyanobacteria in Tomahawk Lagoon among other lakes around New Zealand. Lena helps the Tomahawk Lagoon Citizen Science Team with ecological advice, data upkeep, field assistance and science communication.

Dr Murray Vickers


Murray retired from teaching chemistry and science at Columba College in 2015. He has a PhD in chemistry and his great passion and strength is sharing this background with students in the classroom and on independent projects in related areas. He has encouraged the students to contribute to science fairs as well as mentoring others in the CREST Awards, an initiative of the RSNZ. His expertise has greatly enhanced the Healthy Harbour Watchers and Tomahawk Lagoon projects.