I am born and raised in North Wales and began my Marine Biology career in 2014, completing a BSc Marine Biology and Zoology at Bangor Univeristy. I then completed a MSc in Marine Environmental Protection in 2018, where my thesis researched the artisanal and recreational fisheries of the Cayman Islands.
I then conducted 6 months of fieldwork in the Philippines, collaborating with local fishers and conducting baseline biological survey to impelment or adapt marine protected areas to ensure that the subsistance fishery remained sustainable.
I then returned to Bangor and joined the Sustainabale fisheries Wales team to conduct research on the small-scale fishing fleet of inshore Wales, largely focussing on pot fisheries; namely European Lobster, Homarus gammarus and Brown Crab, Cancer pagurus.
I am currently working in collaboration with Aberystwyth University on a Fisheries Industry Science Partnership funded project evaluating lobster fisheries opportunities at an offshore wind farm in the UK.
I am also in the first year of a PhD assessing growth, reproduction and age of European Lobster, Homarus gammarus with potential application to stock assessment and fisheries management.