Karen Denyer, MSc, Dip Envt Mgt, is the Executive Officer of the National Wetland Trust (NWT) and a freelance ecologist. With a background in botany, she undertakes wetland and terrestrial assessment and field monitoring for a range of clients. However, she is equally happy leading projects to translate science into pragmatic policy, supplying resources to support community-led conservation initiatives and raising awareness of wetlands. In partnership with Monica Peters, she has developed ecosystem monitoring manuals for community groups, and conducted many training workshops and NWT national symposia. Karen is also leading a volunteer project to restore a peatland complex and develop a wetland education facility at Rotopiko near Hamilton Airport for the NWT. She is the New Zealand representative for the World Wetland Network and the NGO cofocal point for the Ramsar Convention (shared with Annabeth Cohen of Forest & Bird).