Mr Jamie Thorpe
Research Project Support Officer in Marine Biology
Room: Marine Centre Wales (MCW) Floor 2
I am a research assistant on the EU funded BlueFish project at Bangor University, working in collaboration with fellow Welsh and Irish Institutions. My work focuses on determining the impacts of predicted climate change on shellfish fisheries in relation to warming seawater, reduced salinities and proliferation of harmful bacteria such as Vibrio sp. The aim is to develop strategies to reduce the potential threats to shellfish and human health, as well as to the economic value and sustainability of these fisheries.
Previously I have undertaken two degrees at Welsh universities. Firstly a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology at Aberystwyth University, followed by an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection at Bangor University. My BSc research project investigated the changes to the herbivore-producer interaction of the common periwinkle, Littorina littorea, and macroalgae on the rocky shore in relation to climate change. While my MSc project investigated the factors determining the spread of the invasive seaweed Sargassum muticum around Anglesey.
Though my research interests include tackling climate change, intertidal ecology and marine conservation, I am also enthusiastic about disseminating scientific research to the public and encouraging their participation in marine conservation. Therefore, I have also previously held a voluntary position at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) and currently am part of the Capturing Our Coast (CoCoast) North Wales citizen science programme.