Jess Bone Volunteer

I am a marine ecology graduate born and raised in Dorset with a love of our local coast. I am a rep for Surfers Against Sewage and I volunteer at the Kimmeridge marine centre with the Dorset Wildlife Trust. I will be studying MSc Biodiversity Conservation at Bournemouth University in September.

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I studied BSc Marine Ecology and Conservation at Bournemouth University and partner institution Kingston Maurward College. Having grown up in Dorset, I thought I knew our coastlines inside out but my degree showed me there was much more to appreciate about our humble shores – including coral, seahorses, and sharks!

In my final year I studied a newly described lagoon on the coast of Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, exploring its biodiversity and comparing it to other local lagoons. The intricate complexities of how biodiversity reacts to different environmental variables, such as temperature and water flow, allowed me to appreciate just how sensitive our marine ecosystems are to small changes. I hope to conduct more in-depth research on the lagoon during my Masters degree to gain a better understanding of seasonal change.

I currently volunteer for Surfers Against Sewage and the Dorset Wildlife Trust, working with the public and educating them on the threats posed by marine litter and showing them just how rich our coasts are. You can find me at the marine centre in Kimmeridge collecting shark eggs and exploring rock pools.

In November 2015 I started The Sea Hippy, a social media campaign to raise awareness about our local marine life, the threats they face, and events with local marine charities and initiatives. It evolved from an Instagram account to regular posting on a dedicated Facebook page. This year I plan to develop The Sea Hippy, so follow me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with exciting changes and fascinating posts about our curious coasts.

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