I hold both a BSc Marine Biology (Honours) followed by an MSc Applied Aquatic Biology, from the University of Portsmouth. During these years I developed a primary interest in environmental microbiology, particularly the juxtaposition between microbes coexisting with larger, complex marine organisms. A theme clearly pronounced within my undergraduate research: Exploring the presence of microbes on the survivability rate of Loggerhead sea turtle eggs. This project was in collaboration with Wildlife Sense (Kefalonia, Greece) and funded through the Erasmus+ programme.
My MSc thesis titled: Marine biofilms on stainless steel – exploring temporal changes in the bacterial community composition of early biofilm development, enabled further understanding of marine biofilms and their role in environmental issues such as biocorrosion and biofouling.
Post-studies, I have broadened my industry experience by taking on various laboratory roles within the private sector, including the development of a PCR skillset during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the detection of environmental bacteria and parasite groups within water samples through assays and microscopy.
In the lead up to my PhD, I participated in DARPA (US Defence) funded research at the University of Essex, investigating hypothesis-driven biofilm communities through bioimaging techniques and additionally their role in barnacle larval settlement and metamorphosis.