With an extensive background in the research of a range of marine and terrestrial ecosystems, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to turn my passion for the natural world into applied conservation with ARIES DTP and Essex University.
Prior to this position my academic qualifications have been obtained at Aberystwyth University in the form of a Zoology Honours degree and Biosciences Research Masters’ degree. For these, my dissertations, titled ‘the songs of the Meliphagoid oscines and their associated phylogenomic relationships’ and ‘wide-scale Population Genetics of the Red Kite (Milvus milvus) Reveals Considerable Genetic Impoverishment’ were focussed on the genetic and ecological factors that shape within and between-species distributions, as well as addressing taxonomic conjuncture.
Further research has involved using artificial neural networks to model insect and mammalian photoreceptor response, and since 2016 I have worked alongside organisations such as SeaSearch UK, The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (Wales), and Red Sea Project (Egypt) to monitor populations and provide photographic documentation across a huge variety of marine and terrestrial taxa. This work has included the conducting of coral reef health and bleaching assessments in the Red Sea.
I am excited to now begin working within Dr Michelle Taylor’s lab on Porites lutea, a scleractinian coral native to the Indo-Pacific.