During my undergraduate degree I studied tropical reef fish ecology at the Wakatobi Marine National Park in Indonesia. Following this I studied for my Masters degree in Aquatic Biology at the University of Portsmouth where I had a career shift into parasitology. My work assessed the impacts of parasites on the behaviour of their intermediate hosts, sparking an interest in behavioural ecology. Following my masters degree I moved to London where I worked for a year in healthcare and volunteered at the Natural History Museum as an assistant curator with their crustacean collections. During this year I also worked as a research assistant studying the effects of a range of antidepressants on amphipod behaviours. I returned to Portsmouth in October 2015 to start my PhD at the Institute of Marine Sciences. Combining my interests in behavioural manipulation by parasites and ecotoxicology of pharmaceuticals, I am currently assessing the effects of anthropogenic pollution on complex behaviors in aquatic invertebrates, and how this could affect their ecology. My research is focused on the development of sensitive behavioral assays using modern computational software and hardware for use in ecotoxicological monitoring.
how anthropogenic pollution can affect organisms at all levels of organisation.
How parasites interact with eachother and their hosts. How parasites can act as drivers of ecological change.
How advanced computational equiptment can be used to develop current scientific methods.
Conservation & Ecology
Understanding complex ecosystems in order to implement protocols for protection of natural complexity.