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Saying Farewell to our Favorite Kiwi (New Zealander)

Renee Johansen heads home.
March 30, 2019
Scientist Ambassador Renee Johansen.

Scientist Ambassador Renee Johansen.

Goodbye and safe travels, Renee.

Renee Johansen of the Lab’s Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group joined the Bradbury’s Scientist Ambassador Academy in 2017 with her fabulous hands-on demonstration about the strange and silent world of fungi. Always ready to share her fascinating work with the public, Renee generously volunteered her expertise over the years and her demo “Fabulous Fungi,” was always a hit with Museum visitors, young and old. Sadly for us, Renee will be returning to New Zealand in early April, leaving a void once filled with all manner of fungi, microscopic investigations, and her sparkling enthusiasm. 

Renee will be returning to New Zealand as a project manager/communications coordinator and focusing her efforts on thwarting rust fungus, an invasive species of fungus that is threatening several native tree species in her home country. 

Museum staff are sad to see her go, but excited for her new adventure. Thank you, Renee, for everything and the door’s always open if you find yourself back in New Mexico.

More information about the Bradbury Science Museum’s Science Ambassador Program can be found here...