Dr. Helen Marshall completed an Honours degree and Masters degree in Biology, and went on to undertake a Ph.D in environmental physiology with an industrial scholarship, working at the Plymouth Marine Laboratories and Marine Biological Association UK, specialising in photobiology and mechanistic, mathematical modelling. Dr. Marshall was then hired as a Research Professor for the US Environmental Protection Agency on a NASA/NOAA funded project to create new ways of satellite monitoring and remote sensing of ecosystem health. In 2005 she set up an ethnobotany organisation (Gaian Life), which included many charity projects such as setting up a seed nursery in Uganda and becoming an advisor for additional projects in Zimbabwe, Liberia, Rwanda and Nepal. In 2007 she won a Millennium award as a social entrepreneur when launching the ‘Home Grown Organic’ network of organic food growers in the UK which she went on to develop so that children, elderly and disabled people could also participate. For this she created the business Growing Greetings Ltd which produced card shapes with embedded seeds so that the seeds were easier to handle and use for those with disabilities. This business grew and developed to produce eco-freindly promotional and marketing materials for large companies, winning a Sustainable Business award in 2009. Dr Marshall also continued to develop the projects of Gaian Life and with a second Millennium Award in 2009 for eco-technology, created passive methods of water pumping and purification in developing countries along with studying aboriginal and bushcraft techniques for society and food production.
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