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.

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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