Pavs Pillay gave up the sunshine of Pretoria to heed the call of the ocean. She’s now scientific and communications officer for the Marine Research Institute and Africa Centre for Climate and Earth System Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Pillay attained her honours degree in marine biology from Wits University. She then added a master’s in fisheries management at UCT. But “pure academic life” didn’t hold her for long. Pillay felt “a need to communicate ocean and marine issues to the public.
Now she has found her niche, bridging gaps between scientific research outcomes and popular publications. Pillay is also passionately involved in the Green Auditing of Schools project. She hopes such initiatives will help people change their behaviour and start living environmentally sustainable lives. She believes it’s not enough just to create awareness.