I am a Class I BSc Hons Biological Sciences graduate from the University of Exeter, with an interest in the effects of environmental change on aquatic organisms. This follows from my enjoyment of my final year undergraduate project working with zebrafish – Hypoxia exposure alters the toxicity of dinoseb in zebrafish, (Danio rerio). Here I investigated the combinatory physiological impacts of multiple environmental stressors by testing the effects of oxygen concentration and exposure to the toxic pesticide dinoseb on early zebrafish. The results showed that as oxygen levels decreased, zebrafish embryo mortality from dinoseb exposure was reduced significantly, identifying an interlinking coping mechanism.
After graduating I decided to learn more about the academic writing and publishing side of scientific research. I joined Springer Nature at the London based online journal Scientific Reports as a Manuscript Assistant, where I have been working with editors and researchers alike for the past two and a half years. I have loved my time at the journal and am pleased to be able to put my experience from the role of examining scientific papers to use during my time as a returning research student at UEA.
I am very much looking forward to starting my PhD and having the opportunity to study the impact of environmental changes on fish in much greater detail than before. I am also looking forward to working with my supervisor Dr Simone Immler and to meeting the rest of the ARIES cohort.