Cara Parrett (née Daneel) supports the main strands of the programme’s work – workshops for children and young people; training for teachers and influencers; and book and resource production – while conducting educational research to inform this work and contribute to wider discussions about science, faith and education.

Cara grew up in South Africa, spent a gap year working in the UK and Madagascar, then earned an honours degree in marine biology and oceanography from the University of Cape Town. After contributing to research and conservation projects across several different countries she came to the UK to work at The Faraday Institute alongside Ruth Bancewicz (Church Engagement Director) from 2015-2018. Cara has also held research and science communication roles within the University of Cambridge Zoology and Engineering departments.

Cara returned to The Faraday Institute in 2020, motivated by her desire to create inspiring opportunities for students of all ages to pause, think and discuss their big questions about science and religion.

For more on the work of the Youth and Schools Programme or to enquire about booking sessions for young people or training, see or email

Relevant Publications:

Science and Faith:

  • Bryant, Henderson & Daneel (2019) ‘Engaging Young People in Positive, Interdisciplinary Exploration of Science and Religious Faith’ in Science and Religion in Education – Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education (ed Berry Billingsley,Keith Chappell, Michael J. Reiss), Springer, pp 291-314
  • Daneel (2018) ‘Creation Groans, but God Hears: Many Species Face ‘Thinning of Life’’, Christianity Today. Available here.
  • Daneel (2017) ‘Thoughts on Discipleship from a Marine Conservationist, Christianity Today. Available here.


  • Philine S.E. zu Ermgassen, Nibedita Mukherjee, Thomas A. Worthington, Alejandro Acosta, Ana Rosa da Rocha Araujo, Christine M. Beitl, Gustavo A. Castellanos-Galindo, Marília Cunha-Lignon, Farid Dahdouh-Guebas, Karen Diele, Cara L. Parrett, Patrick G. Dwyer, Jonathan R. Gair, Andrew Frederick Johnson, Baraka Kuguru, Aaron Savio Lobo, Neil Loneragan, Kate Longley-Wood, Jocemar Tomasino Mendonça, Jan-Olaf Meynecke, Roland Nathan Mandal, Cosmas Nzaka Munga, Borja G. Reguero, Patrik Rönnbäck, Julia Thorley, Matthias Wolff, Mark Spalding. (2020) Fishers who rely on mangroves: Modelling and mapping the global intensity of mangrove-associated fisheries. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 106975,
  • Spalding, C.L. Parrett (2019) Global patterns in mangrove recreation and tourism. Marine Policy 110 , p. 103540, 10.1016/j.marpol.2019.103540


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