At undergraduate I studied Ocean sciences with Chemistry. My BSc dissertation was an investigation into the potential for using arsenic concentrations as an indicator for phosphate limitation in the ocean. I was awarded a student research grant and I continued research into methods for arsenic analysis, using electrochemistry to determine levels of arsenic in groundwater.
I then studied an MSc in Marine Planning and Management, learning about marine policy, and how environmental impacts can be most effectively managed. My MSc dissertation was titled ‘Ecology Vs. Economy. Is there balance between marine conservation and economic exploitation of marine space in marine spatial planning?’, I compared plans in America and Europe to see if there was an identifiable difference in how marine space is managed.