I decided early on that I wanted to spend my life measuring, protecting and exploring what we have left of the natural world. Many young people don’t believe the world will improve and get better, I want to work to make sure that it does.
Growing up in Sussex developed a love of the oceans and river life, so first choice for me to study was the undergraduate degree of marine biology and Coastal Ecology at Plymouth University. This culminated in a dissertation measuring the effects of thallium on photosynthetic rates of algae, a distinct interest in plankton and, of course, conservation. Since then I have volunteered with the RSPB, as a school trip host and urban swift case worker, Operation Wallacea, as a Megafauna Scientist, and Flat Holm as a Trainee Warden.
I grabbed the time provided by the pandemic to improve and specialise in conservation through studying Conservation and Ecosystem management Masters at Newcastle University whilst working in the NHS Lighthouse PCR lab. I am currently in my final year and will be doing my dissertation with the wetland science team.
I am thrilled beyond words to be able to work with the amazing WWT teams and am looking forward to what the next year will bring.
I am getting involved in a variety of projects, but the highlights of my working life so far are as follows: