Postgraduate Researcher, University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK
I am a behavioural marine ecologist studying for a PhD at the University of Exeter in partnership with the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation. I am a member of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at Exeter, a member of the Marine Predator Ecology and Conservation group, and a Co-Chair of the Cornwall Disablity Network for the University of Exeter.
I am interested in studying core principles of behavioural ecology in marine ecosystems, using modern statistical and modelling approaches to address pressing questions in marine conservation. Currently I have projects in the Bahamas and the southwest UK, studying the ecology of juvenile lemon sharks, and the distributions of blue, thresher and porbeagle sharks and prey fish species off the Cornish coast.
Previously, I studied at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, where I graduated with a BSc with Honours (2.1) in Marine Biology. In my final year I conducted research with Mike Webster, studying the three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) - this work in now published in Ethology. Before beginning my PhD, I worked as a Research technician for Kate Laskowski, David Bierbach, and Max Wolf, at the Leibniz Instiüt fur Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei. At the IGB I studied the clonal fish the Amazonian molly (Poecilia formosa), and the development of behaviour from early life.
Thank you to my funding bodies: the Bimini Sharklab, Save Our Seas Foundation, the University of Exeter College of Life and Environmental Sciences, and anonymous philanthropic donors.