Postdoctoral fellow, Bangor University

As a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, I model coral reef fishes in order to try and understand how coral reef ecosystems work and how humans interact with them.

In my previous job at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration I worked on a pan-Pacific long term coral reef ecosystem monitoring team, and I had the extraordinary opportunity to dive on some of the most remote and pristine coral reefs on the planet. Doing so gave me an appreciation for the need to understand natural variation in ecosystem state due to the physical environment, in order to better understand and manage human activities.

I have a strong interest in the information and data needs that can enable sustainable fisheries, and how we can put an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management into practice. This includes implementing collaborative and integrated monitoring, with reproducible and standardized methods and data management protocols, as well as validating novel indicators for a whole system perspective.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Postdoctoral fellow, School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University
  • 2011–2017
    Affiliate Researcher, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • 2010–2011
    Marine ecologist, Irish Sea Conservation Zone Project
  • 2005–2006
    Red List Support Officer, IUCN Shark Specialist Group

Education

  • 2010 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD Marine ecology and conservation
  • 2005 
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne, MSc Tropical Coastal Management
  • 2003 
    University of Edinburgh, BSc Zoology