Tracey is an experienced research and field ecologist with more than twenty years expertise in aquatic plant ecology, surveys and management. Specialist areas include the use of submerged plants as indicators of lake ecological condition, and the assessment of surveillance practices and pathway management strategies for the prevention and spread of invasive species. As a scientific diver, Tracey is very familiar with a wide range of freshwater environments and underwater survey techniques. She is experienced in carrying out ecological surveys and regularly runs large monitoring programs for environment reporting purposes. She has a key interest in working with communities and is currently developing a lakeside monitoring tool box for hapū, iwi and community groups. Tracey also co-ordinates NIWA sponsorship of seven regional Science and Technology Fairs.