2010-2013            PhD in Ocean and Earth Science from the University of Southampton, UK (UoS) and the Natural History Museum, London, UK (NHM). My thesis was entitled ‘Bone-eating worms and wood-eating bivalves: characterising the ecology of deep-sea organic falls from multiple ocean basins’. Supervised by Dr. Adrian Glover (NHM) and Dr. Jonathan Copley (UoS). My funding was provided by a Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton International Student Scholarship and the Leslie M. and Judy A. Crouch Educational Trust.

2005-2009            Master of Marine Biology (MSci) from the University of Southampton, UK. Graduated with 1st Class Honours. My MSci Advanced Independent Research Project was ‘The Long-term Inter-annual Cycles of the Gametogenic Ecology of the Antarctic Brittle Star, Ophionotus victoriae’ and involved mainly histological work and data analysis, supervised by Prof. Paul Tyler.

1998-2005            St. Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Cambridge International A/AS Level Examinations – Biology (A), Chemistry (A), Geography (A), General Studies (a), Mathematics (a)

Work Experience

2016                     The 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.

2013-2016           University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Hawai’i, USA. Postdoctoral research fellow and assistant project manager of the ABYSSLINE program in the Department of Oceanography in the laboratory of Prof. Craig Smith. The ABYSSLINE program was an international collaboration conducting environmental baseline studies in the UK-1 Claim Area of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, prior to the deep-sea mining of polymetallic nodules. This position included the study of abyssal megafaunal and macrofaunal community structure and biodiversity using Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) imaging, animal collections, boxcore and multicore sampling as well as data synthesis. Additional responsibilities include assisting the running of Prof. Smith’s laboratory activities, with a focus on oceanographic research cruises to the central Pacific, and also teaching classes for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses ‘Benthic Biological Oceanography’ and ‘Deep-sea Biology’.

2011-2013           Natural History Museum, London, UK. Secondment to the Life Sciences Department at the NHM, working under the supervision of Dr. Adrian Glover. Extensive research skills and experience developed in molecular and morphological taxonomy, microscopy and CT-scanning, project management, co-ordination of cruise logistics, sample shipments and handling, data analyses, publications and presentations. Significant public engagement and outreach via interactive ‘Nature Live’ talks in the Attenborough Studio and at official ‘After Hours’ events in the museum.

2010-2013           National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, UK. Under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Copley, I developed skills and experience in ROV work, image and ROV video analyses, data synthesis and publications, project management and cruise logistics. Assisted with the development of the ROV ‘REX’ facility, including piloting experience. Teaching assistant to classes and practical labs in the School of Ocean and Earth Science to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Courses include ‘Marine Invertebrates’, ‘Elements of Marine Ecology’, ‘Structure and Dynamics of Marine Communities’ and ‘The Environmental Physiology of Marine Organisms’ and also education and outreach activities with the ‘Discover Oceanography’ program.

2009-2010          The Institute of Marine Affairs, Chaguaramas, Trinidad. A 6-month contract as a research technician within the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector that involved cultivating and maintaining Tilapia fish.

2006                    The Buccoo Reef Trust, Tobago. A summer voluntary internship that involved scuba diving to survey coral reefs in an ongoing project into the effects of bleaching and disease. Practiced data collection and analysis, and the creation and editing of underwater imagery.

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