Dr Avril Mayling Siung-Chang
Born May 9th 1949 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne England
She attended Tranquillity Girls' Primary School
Bishop Anstey High School.
University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyre where she received her first degree in Zoology.
University of the West Indies St Augustine wher she obtained her doctorate in Zoology.
She is one of the first female marine biologist, a pioneer who has contributed significantly to environment research.
She begun her career as a researcher at the Institute of Marine Affairs in 1978. This is where she rose to senior management and research posistions.
She is credited with establishing the IMA's Environmental Research Program in 1982.
She spare headed extensive research on the marine environment as well as studies on the effects of both land and marine pollution.
She contributed to the country's scientific development by nurturing a generation of scientists and technologists at the IMA many of whom have important positions at local companies and the Environmental Management Authority.
She has served on a number of key government committees and agencies, and many international bodies including the United Nations Environmental Programme. the International Ocean Commission, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).
She served on the Standing Committee on the Environment., which advised Government on the establishment of the EMA and drafted bills for the prohibition of pollution.
As an Environmental Health Advisor with PAHO/WHO, she contributed to risk assessment and reduction, disaster preparedness training for communities and hospitals. the dissemination of a public health programme, the improvement of solid waste management and the promotion of standards for water and food safety.