During my BSc in Environmental Science (University of Ulster), I undertook several geophysics and marine science modules which formed the foundation for my passion for marine geophysics. These skills led me to conduct a project which involved reconstructing the palaeo-glacial environment of the North Channel using glacial features identified from multi-beam echo-sounder data. My interest in the use of marine geophysics in palaeo-environmental reconstructions led me to then pursue an MSc in Applied Marine Geoscience (Bangor University). This course enhanced my experience in the collection, processing and interpretation of various geophysical datasets, along with giving me knowledge of the geotechnical investigation of glacigenic sediments.
I aim to use geophysical data and sediment cores to reconstruct palaeo-glacial environments, specifically the extension of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet into the Celtic Sea. This will improve our understanding of how past ice sheets behaved due to changing climate and sea level, allowing us to apply this knowledge to current ice sheets to predict changes in their ice mass due to similar environmental stresses. A major limitation of current climate science is that modern day observations of ice sheets do not represent geological-scale trends in their behaviour. Therefore, the only accurate method of studying ice sheet behaviour is by reconstructing palaeo-ice sheets in space and time.