About

I am a self motivated, independent and conscientious marine scienitist with extensive diving experience who works well, both independently, and within a team. My research interests are biodiversity, physiology and ecology. I have worked as a field based marine biologist for The British Antarctic Survey for ten years, encompassing 6 summer and 4 winter seasons. During this time I participated as a full member of the dive team and was involved in not only leading scientific dives, but also dive supervision and boat handling. I have 800 logged dives, of which 500 are in polar waters with a further 300 in temperate and tropical oceans. I have developed extensive skills and capabilities in both field and lab based marine biological research. I am well organized and an excellent communicator, with experience of working in the field in extreme environments as part of a small research team. As of April 2019 I started a new position at The University of Ulster working on a post doc on marine protected area management mpa-management.eu in which I will be looking at benthic quantification, biodiversity and non intrusive monitoring methods.

Public and media presentations

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Short film for Israeli channel 2 programe on Climate Change (2010)

Natural history Museum, Tring (2017), Outreach day educating the general public into Climate Change and our research in Antarctica

BBC Natural History Unit (2013), part of the film crew filmingd eadly 60 in The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Bird Island and The        Antarctic Peninsula

 

 

  • BBC Radio 2 with Simon Mayo (2010), talk about wintering in Antarctica on live radio
  • BBC Frozen planet 1 (Austral summer 09/10), diver and boat crew
  • Reuters (2009), Antarctic sea creatures hypersensitive to warming

Presentations and science conferences

  • EU Biology Symposium (2018), Quantification of benthic biodiversity and biomass in time, space and changes with season at an Antarctic site
  • Scientific Conference for Antarctic Research (SCAR) 2017, Loss of benthic biodiversity and biomass at a shallow coastal site in Antarctica due to increased ice scour
  • University of Cape Town Oceanography department (UCT) 2016, Benthic marine biodiversity and physiology in Antarctica
  • Plymouth University 2017, A marine biologist in Antarctica

Qualifications

  • HSE part IV Profesional Scientific Diver
  • BSAC Dive Leader and Assistant Instructor
  • MCA Sea Survival (PST)
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2
  • BSAC Practicle rescue management
  • MCA VHF Short Range Certificate
  • HSE First aid at work (2013)
  • IMCA Diver medic (2009)
  • HSE Oxygen Administartion
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