Having achieved a First-Class degree in Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2019, with a strong focus on conservation, ecology and genetics, I developed my bioinformatics skill set during a Master’s of Science by Research (MScR) course within the school of Environmental Science at UEA, investigating diatom genomes.
During my undergraduate studies I worked on a range of research opportunities including:
– Volunteering to help investigate the effects of microclimates on the Brown Argus butterfly on the North Norfolk coast (2017).
– Developing my camera trapping and ecological surveying techniques in Eswatini (2018) whilst observing the conservation and management strategies being employed across multiple nature reserves.
– Investigating relative population sizes of mammals including otters, deer and foxes with camera traps using the Random Encounter Model to evaluate population densities at two reserves on the Norfolk Broads during my final year research project (2018/2019). An article written for the Ted Ellis reserve, summarising my dissertation research is available at https://www.wheatfen.org/research/.
My masters work focused on investigating the effects of temperature stress on the marine diatoms Thalassiosira pseudonana, and the loss of photosynthesis in the marine diatom Nitzschia putrida NIES-4235. Additionally, I worked on a paper exploring the effects of inbreeding on the Pink Pigeon population. These projects have shown me the importance of interweaving conservation management with evolutionary genetics/genomics research to help current species threatened by the 6th mass extinction.