Priscilla (Cilla) is a conservation biologist based at the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago. She completed a PhD in ecology and Māori at the University of Waikato in 2006, and her research intersects the sciences and humanities, focusing on animal ecology, culture and biodiversity. She has relationships through her extended family networks with Tainui waka, Ngāpuhi and Tūhoe.
A 2014 Rutherford Discovery Fellow and 2021 Hill Tinsley Medal winner, Cilla is passionate about inclusivity in science and is a 2022 Facilitator in the Homeward Bound programme for women in science leadership. Cilla is also a member of the Kindness in Science Collective sponsored by Te Pūnaha Matatini.