I graduated from the University of Southampton with an MSci in Marine Biology in 2011, spent a year in Kenya working on seahorse culture and returned to the UK to work in marine environmental survey for a few years. In 2016 I decided to pursue an interest in aquaculture by studying for an MSc at Plymouth University, during which I gained as much experience of industrial practice as I could by working on various farms. My masters thesis involved collaboration with a pioneering mussel farming company on the south coast of England.
In order to further my understanding of the highly sustainable bivalve production industry I went to New Zealand after finishing my masters to work on the world leading mussel farms they have. Whilst in the country I also spent some time working on freshwater salmon farms.
My PhD research is still firmly in the field of bivalve culture, and I am spending the summer prior to commencing my research working with my industrial partners, getting familiar with the day to day processes of farming oysters.