Room: Room 327, Nautilus Suite, Westbury Mount Phone: 01248 388196
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 an attempt to redirect my career to more local, temperate reef ecology, 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 found I increasingly being asked to work with people. The human dimensions of the marine environment are being realised as important to the future sustainable management of our environments. As a result I returned to Bangor as a PhD student, with research interests in how the marine environment impacts people, and how people impact the marine environment. These interests lie within my broader interests in ecosystem services (or nature's contribution to people) and sustainable co-management of our environment.
My PhD title is entitled 'Understanding intertidal collection and gathering activities in Wales', with specific research interests in:
1. the non-monetary values associated with coastal activities, including wellbeing and heritage values
2. intertidal ecology
2. teasing anthropogenic from natural impacts on the rocky shore
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 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.
This PhD is 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.