I obtained a B.Sc. in Marine Biology at Swansea University where I went on to obtain an M.Res. in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation. My master's thesis focused on the role of seagrasses as indicators of change in the British Isles where multiple characteristics were used to assess how seagrasses responded to varying degrees of anthropogenic stress. During my masters, I co-founded the marine conservation charity Project Seagrass. Project Seagrass aims to conserve seagrass ecosystems through education, influence, research, and action. As a director, I focus on working to enhance understanding of the importance of seagrass using creative design to communicated scientific research to the wider public, as well as communicating this directly through workshops and events.
My current work at the Sustainable Places Research Institute is focused on tropical seagrass meadows where I work closely with Research Fellow Dr Leanne Cullen-Unsworth on an international project investigating drivers of seagrass decline across multiple scales throughout South East Asia. More recently I have been involved as a technical expert in the development of The Dugong and Seagrass Research Toolkit and as a scientific advisor in the development of BBC’s landmark series Blue Planet 2.
I co-developed SeagrassSpotter (www.seagrassspotter.org), an entry-level citizen science project. Established in 2016 in the UK, the project uses a smartphone app and website database as its platform and facilitates a participants’ ability to spot something interesting and upload geo-tagged photographs. Expanding across Europe in late 2016, since its release the project has accumulated over 700 sightings from 93 locations in 21 countries and engaged nearly 350 users.
I am especially interested in developing technologies for seagrass conservation which include citizen-science applications and drones where my work and research has taken me to Mozambique, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Mexico.
Research Associate, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University
Founding Director, Project Seagrass
Research Assistant, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University
Marine Technician, SEACAMS, Swansea University
Research Assistant, Swansea University
Swansea University, MRes Aquatic Ecology and Conservation
Swansea University, BSc Marine Biology
Tracking nitrogen source using δ15N reveals human and agricultural drivers of seagrass degradation across the British Isles, Frontiers in Plant Science
Crowdsourcing conservation: The role of citizen science in securing a future for seagrass, Marine Pollution Bulletin
Reasons for seagrass optimism: local ecological knowledge confirms presence of dugongs, Marine Pollution Bulletin
Rocking the boat: damage to eelgrass by swinging boat moorings., Frontiers in Plant Science
Seagrass science is growing: a report on the 12th International Seagrass Biology Workshop., Marine Pollution Bulletin
Seagrass meadows are threatened by expected loss of peatlands in Indonesia, Global Change Biology
The perilous state of seagrass in the British Isles, Royal Society Open Science
Grants and Contracts
Mission SEA (Seagrass, Education and Awareness).
Big Lottery Fund
Developing SeagrassSpotter as a global quantitative citizen science programme
Multiple Funding Streams
Seagrass education and monitoring programme for Wales
Seagrass education and awareness programme for Wales
Big Lottery Fund
World Seagrass Association
Marine And Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)