I have worked on seabirds on several islands around the UK and undertook my Masters project on sooty terns in the Seychelles. I subsequently earned a full time, 7 month role with Nature Seycelles monitoring Critically Endangered Paradise Flycatchers on Denis Island before being offered the position of Project Coordinator with the Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles.
During three and a half years managing projects, staff and volunteers for MCSS, I worked on several species of shark, including whale sharks, bulls, tigers and lemons in addition to turtles, coral reef fish, and terrestrial amphibians and reptiles.
In addition to my role with MCSS, I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Shark Research Foundation, Seychelles and the Steering Committee for the Seychelles’ International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. Shark research included acoustic tagging and tracking, use of Baited Remote Underwater Video surveys, monitoring the catch of local shark fishermen and evaluating and designing protected areas specifically for whale sharks.
Upon returning to the UK, I completed a six month contract with the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, using GIS and species distribution modelling tools to evaluate the conservation status of protected amphibians, before being selected for my dream PhD on white sharks. Working in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch and Marine Dynamics cage diving company in South Africa, I used tooth mophometrics, stable isotopes and fatty acids to understand the roles of individual, sexual and ontogenetic variation in white shark trophic ecology. It was during my PhD that I set up SharkStuff.
Since graduating, I have worked as an HQ Manager and Head of Science and Operations for the charity Birds of Poole Harbour and as a Data Analyst for Marwell Wildlife. I am now a Senior Lecturer (though this is a 90% research position) with Bournemouth University, where I run projects on predator ecology and conservation, including sharks.Previous Page