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I am an interdisciplinary marine scientist, with a grounding in marine ecology I now apply social science, human geography and environmental psychology approaches to the management and monitoring of the marine environment.
My academic training began at the University of Wales, Bangor in 1999, with a BSc (Hons.) in Marine Biology. Subsequently, I pursued interests in tropical marine ecology and research in the Philippines and Egypt leading back to Bangor for an MSc. in Marine Environmental Protection. In 2005 I established Marine Ecological Solutions (Marine EcoSol), a small marine consultancy specialising in UK scientific diving survey and logistics and subtidal epibenthic survey by scientific diving and underwater imagery.
After 16 years of working as an ecologist, consultant and scientific diver for government agencies, NGOs and private clients, I was increasingly asked to work with people. In 2016 I returned to academia as a PhD student under supervision of Professor Stuart Jenkins and Dr Freya St. John, with research interests in how the marine environment impacts people, and how people impact the marine environment. I am currently a post doctoral researcher for the Ecostructure project, specialising in marine invasive non-native species.
The human dimensions of the marine environment are being realised as important to the future sustainable management of our environments. I believe that the key to ensuring coastal communities and environments are resilient to climate change and the gobal economic and mental health crises is in understanding how and why people engage with their environments, and using this information to empower people and future policy decisions.
In 2021, my current specific research interests are in:
* marine invasive non-native species
(as part of The Ecostructure Project – Climate Change Adaptation Through Ecologically Sensitive Coastal Infrastructure)
* the collection (hand gathering) of coastal resources
(including Vozes do mar Expandindo e conectando as vozes das pescadoras para enfrentar as mudanças climáticas- Instituto Ayni)
These fit within my broader research areas within the human dimensions of the marine environment:
1. The One Health agenda - how human and non-human well-being are intrinsically linked and understanding how these human-nature connections can be used to inform education, management and sustainable policies.
2. Methods to improve pro-environmental behaviours.
3. Novel approaches to provide evidence to fill knowledge gaps for decision-makers, with particular interest in long-held marine management conundrums.
Over my working career, I have developed many research interests primarily related to subtidal ecology (of the NE Atlantic), the establishment of robust survey and monitoring techniques for hard substrates. I have a particular interest in tackling the recording of signs of life on the seabed, including eggs, tracks, siphons and other cryptic signs of biodiversity.
The Bangor University Places of Climate Change Group
Member of a Bangor-wide collaborative research group named ‘PloCC’ has emerged to jointly address sense-of-place notions in relation to climate change.
Places of Climate Change (PloCC) (bangor.ac.uk)
The Bangor University Wellbeing Research Group
Together with wellbeing researchers in other schools across the University, I founded and lead this group. We aim to bring together researchers of wellbeing across the University to share research ideas, experiences and collaborative opportunities. We meet monthly in an informal setting, with occasional guest speakers and seminars. Contact me if you are interested in coming along.
My PhD was a Marine EcoSol (www.marine-ecosol.com) collaboration with Bangor University, funded by KESS 2. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government's European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.