University of Plymouth (2017-2018)
Master’s of Research Applied Marine Science
University of Plymouth (2012 – 2015)
BSc (Hons) Marine Biology and Oceanography
St Edward’s 6th Form, Poole, Dorset. A levels (2010 – 2012)
Philosophy and Ethics
St Edward’s RC CE/VA School, Poole, Dorset. GCSE’s (2006 – 2010)
Assistant Marine Biologist, Fugro Marine GB. 2019-2020
LUSH cosmetics, Supervisor, LUSH Spa Poole, 2016 – 2017
LUSH cosmetics, Sales Assistant, LUSH Spa Poole, 2015 – 2016.
ECIM, Marine Laboratory, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2014.
DEKAMER, Sea Turtle Research and Rehabilitation Centre, Turkey, 2013.
Research Assistant for the Darwin Tree of Life project at the Marine Biological Association 2020-pres.
The Marine Biological Association
Favourite thing to do in my job: Find a cool species in the wild, then look at it under the microscope
About Me: <p>I’m originally from the channel island of Guernsey, now I work as a marine biologist in Plymouth (Geddon!). I Love games, sports, music, worms, normal stuff!</p>
I’m originally from the channel island of Guernsey, now I work as a marine biologist in Plymouth (Geddon!). I went to university here for my undergraduate degree in marine biology and oceanography and stayed for my masters of research looking at things that live in and on seaweed. I play Rugby and Basketball, and i also play the drums and love to go on hikes. I have been playing a lot of games in lockdown too, mostly Warzone and Rainbow six. I am terrible at both!
My Work: Research assistant for the Darwin Tree of life Project at the Marine Biological Association
I am a research assistant for the Darwin Tree of life Project. I work for the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth which is a really cool place to work as its right in the heart of the city and right on the waterfront at the same time. its also really old! My main role here is to collect, identify and process marine species in order that they can have their genomes sequenced by the wizards at Sanger.
Sometimes I feel like a Pokémon collector cause we go around searching for species so we can tick them off the list, gotta catch them all!
My main focus is on marine invertebrates, that’s species without backbones like crabs and worms.
My Typical Day: If the Tides are good (spring tides are the lowest), I will head to the shore with the rest of the team to arrive an hour or so before low tide. I then spend several hours searching for species we want to collect.
If the Tides are good (spring tides are the lowest), I will head to the shore with the rest of the team to arrive an hour or so before low tide. We then spend a few hours hunting for species that we have yet to process or are a particular target that day, but usually something will always pop up that you didn’t expect. When we find a species that we want to sequence we pop it into a container with water in to ensure it survives the trip home.
When we get back to the lab our first job it to put the collected organisms into the aquariums to keep them happy and healthy. we have running seawater which is great as this makes it much easier to keep animals alive. if there are any tricky species which we couldn’t identify in the field we will take them and look at them in the microscope, this is one of my favourite things to do as its always amazing to see the animals close up, many of them have a real beauty to them that can only be seen when looking at them down a microscope. I also really enjoy the process of identifying animals to there species, its like solving a puzzle!
When we are ready we put the animals to sleep (unless its a seaweed obviously!) and dissect them. each piece goes into a tube and gets placed in liquid Nitrogen (-200 °C) and then put into the freezer where it awaits shipping to get its Genome sequenced!
What I'd do with the prize money: A day where we go to collect species in the field! lots of unassuming smallish stuff that might be overlooked. then we head back to the lab where we can look at it under a microscope and see its true colours!
I think so many species on the shore have there own beauty, and sometimes this only becomes clear when you look at them under a microscope. its one of the favourite parts of my job and something most people never get to see because good microscopes are very expensive! so I want to have some time dedicated to looking at cool little besties! we would collect them in the morning and then have a closer look in the afternoon. we can have a go trying to ID some species if people want or take pictures of them or even draw and paint them if they want! one person on our team does that and their paintings look wonderful!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Musical Worm Lover
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
David Attenborough and Blue Planet! absolutely loved that show!
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Train driver, then wildlife cameraman, then philosopher, Then marine biologist (got there in the end)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I would like to be a tour guide for the local areas, I love showing people places that they might not get to see if you weren't from the area
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Jungle, They are so good! got to see them live a couple of times too!
What's your favourite food?
Pasta in all its many wonderful forms
What is the most fun thing you've done?
This of course!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I really want to own an Island, can i spend my three wishes on that please? does that mean it will come true now?
Tell us a joke.
When your a Marine Biologist you keep your friends close, and your anemones closer. (Its funnier when I tell it honest)