Following almost a decade working in finance I made a big career change and enrolled on a degree in Life Sciences. I graduated from the University of Essex four years later with a first-class BSc in Marine Biology. During my degree I gained valuable experience working in a laboratory via a work placement as a research assistant, performing fish dissections, tissue isotope chemistry and data analysis. I became increasingly interested in fish ecology and behaviour, and continued this work into my final year project. For my honours thesis, I focused on Atlantic salmon movements and provenance assignments, analysing otolith (earstone) elemental concentrations using laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry. I worked on multiple populations around the British Isles to track their lifetime movement patterns, size at emigration, and trace their natal origins.
I look forward to now continuing this research at the University of Essex within the Ecology and Environmental Microbiology Group and alongside industry partners Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd.