Born and raised on the Isle of Anglesey and after working as a general labourer in the civil engineering and building sector for fifteen years I graduated from Bangor University as a mature student in 2000 with a B.Sc. in Ocean Sciences. I completed my Ph.D. in 2006 and have been working in Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences (SOS) since 2004. I am currently R&D Project Manager at the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences (CAMS) and have a background in palaeoenvironmental development (sea-level change) and marine geology. I currently specialise in seabed mapping and geoscience related research using multibeam sonar primarily associated with supporting the marine renewable energy sector in Wales.