PhD, Ocean and Earth Science 2010-2013 University of Southampton
Supervisors: Dr Adrian Glover, Dr Jonathan Copley
Funding: Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton International Student Scholarship, Leslie M. and Judy A. Crouch Educational Trust
MSci, Marine Biology 2005-2009 University of Southampton
Supervisor: Prof. Paul Tyler
Employment and Research Experience
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship 2018-2020 Natural History Museum, UK
Fellow in Dr Adrian Glover’s laboratory investigating human impacts on deep-sea megafaunal communities.
Co-Founder 2017 SpeSeas, Trinidad and Tobago
Co-founded a non-profit NGO that undertakes marine research, education and advocacy in the Caribbean. https://speseas.org/
Consultant 2017 Pew Charitable Trusts
Produced the deep-ocean section for the nomination to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the US National Marine Sanctuary Designation of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.
Postdoctoral Research 2013-2016 University of Hawaii, USA
Researcher and Assistant Project Manager in Prof. Craig Smith’s laboratory for the ABYSSLINE project. ABYSSLINE was an international collaboration conducting environmental benthic baseline studies in the UKSRL exploration contract area of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), in advance of polymetallic-nodule mining. I investigated the baseline characteristics of the megafaunal community in this area of the Pacific Ocean and was responsible for the coordination of the network of ABYSSLINE scientists, as well as planning and managing cruise and meeting logistics. I also facilitated the communication and collaboration between multiple stakeholders incl. project sponsors (industry), policymakers, and scientists. Supervision of PhD students and visiting scientists was undertaken, as well as taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Doctoral Research 2010-2013 University of Southampton, UK
Thesis title: Bone-eating worms and wood-eating bivalves: characterising the ecology of deep-sea organic falls from multiple ocean basins. Extensive research skills and experience developed in image and ROV video analyses, molecular and morphological taxonomy, microscopy and micro-CT scanning, project management, coordination of cruise logistics, sample shipments and handling, data analyses, publication authorship, and presentations. Significant public engagement and science communication incl. teaching undergraduate classes and practical labs.
Research Technician 2009-2010 Institute of Marine Affairs, Trinidad
Undergraduate Research 2008-2009 University of Southampton, UK
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