I am a keen environmental ecologist, focusing on estuarine and coastal ecosystems and invertebrate communities. In particular, I wish to understand how anthropogenic influences on the environment impact benthic ecosystem function, and the potential consequences this could have on the services they provide. For my undergraduate studies, I achieved a First Class Degree with Honours in Environmental Geography, from the University of York. I then commenced my study of MSc Oceanography at the University of Southampton, where I achieved a Distinction grade. My Master’s thesis was titled; “Investigating the impact of food availability and temperature on benthic intraspecific functional and behavioural trait variation”. During my thesis research, I really honed my interests in understanding the pivotal role invertebrate communities play in regulating global environmental processes, and how their function has been affected by anthropogenic induced stressors.
I am also a passionate conservationist, having spent my time between degrees working as a Ranger for Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council, as well as getting involved with local conservation projects and beach cleans.