CV

Education

University of Plymouth 2019 – 2020
MRes Marine Biology
Dissertation, Habitat modelling of harbour porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, in South West England, using visual and acoustic survey data. (Working title)

Conference presentations:
UKIRSC 2020, Habitat modelling of harbour porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, in South West England, using visual and acoustic survey data. 5 minute speed talk.

University of Bristol 2014 – 2017
BSc (Hons) Zoology – 1st Class Honours
Practical Project, Resisting change: The Dusky Meadow Brown, Hyponphele lycaon, maintains body size over elevations and years.
Literature review, Will white-nose syndrome lead to the extinction of some North American bats?

Marr College 2007 – 2013
Scottish Baccalaureate in Science (Distinction)
Interdisciplinary Research Project, The effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) against overfishing (A)

Employment

Editor, Simon Mort Reports, Home-Based 09/04/2018 – present
I work from home editing documents written by non-native English speakers for spelling, grammar, structure and style.

Seasonal Field Surveyor, Nicholas Pearson Associates, UK 28/04/2019 – 06/09/2019
I carried out ecological surveys for greater crested newts, bats, reptiles, otters, and water voles for monitoring and licensing purposes and habitat scoping surveys, and used ArcGIS software to organise and undertake surveys.

Guest Experience Assistant, Bristol Aquarium, Bristol, UK 28/01/2019 – 14/04/2019
I helped with all aspects of the visitor experience, including giving school tours and feeding demonstrations. This required excellent presentation skills and species knowledge.

Support Advisor, Technical Services, Natural England, Bristol 14/08/2017 – 01/12/2018
I provided administrative support for the Countryside Stewardship scheme to financially incentivise farmers to manage their land in environmentally friendly ways, and manned a phone line to provide help to applicants and agreement holders. I gained experience using CRM, Siti-Agri, and WebMap2.

Voluntary experience

Volunteer, Seeking Survivors 06/12/2019 – 25/05/2020 [terminated due to Covid-19]
I conducted analysis of tagged coral images using ImageJ and led outreach activities at the National Marine Aquarium.

Voluntary Lab Assistant, Marine Biological Association 09/03/2020 – 24/03/2020 [terminated due to Covid-19]
I helped to maintain a seawater mesocosm system being used for an experiment studying the effects of temperature change on tidal gastropods.

Research Assistant, Latin American Sea Turtles, Costa Rica 19/07/2018 – 28/09/2018
I worked in a small team to study the green and hawksbill sea turtle populations in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, managed international volunteers, including school groups, and worked with local families and fishermen.
I collected biometric data, applied internal and external tags, took tissue samples for analysis, and deployed satellite trackers.
I was also involved in seagrass surveying, mangrove replanting, and turtle rehabilitation where required.

Seal Care Intern, Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen, Netherlands 03/12/2017 – 11/03/2018
I was responsible for the care of sick, injured or orphaned common and grey seals, following strict protocols and procedures.
In my spare time I gave tours to visitors and assisted research by Dr Ravignani into seal vocalisations by audio recording the intakes of grey seal pups and helping with playback experiments.

Assistant Diving Instructor, University of Bristol Underwater Club 15/10/2015 – 01/12/2017
I instructed trainees working towards their Ocean and Sports Diver qualifications in weekly pool sessions. This required patience, enthusiasm and empathy to adapt the pace and style of teaching to each trainee’s requirements.

Research Assistant, Limpopo Dwarf Mongoose Project, South Africa 13/06/2016 – 14/07/2016
I studied habituated wild dwarf mongoose groups, collecting baseline data, recording calls, maintaining dye marks, and carrying out playback experiments.

Boats Officer, University of Bristol Underwater Club 04/05/2015 – 02/05/2016
I was responsible for the maintenance of club boats, two-stroke outboard engines, and all related equipment. I wrote grant applications and was awarded over £500 for new handheld GPS units and VHF radios.
Through weekly meetings, I worked in a committee of eleven members to organise trips and courses.

Ranger Volunteer, Bristol Zoological Society 25/01/2016 – 09/05/2016
I spoke with visitors to the zoo about the animals exhibited and the society’s global conservation activities.

Ionian Dolphin Project Volunteer, Tethys Research Institute, Greece 21/06/2015 – 27/06/2015
I volunteered on a long-term study of resident bottlenose dolphins. We recorded dolphin sightings from a boat, noting number, group composition, and behaviour, and used photo ID to update the project database.

Turtle Conservation Project Volunteer, Projects Abroad, Mexico 01/07/2011 – 31/07/2011
I volunteered on a turtle nesting beach conservation project. I developed stamina in carrying out manual labour and nighttime beach patrols while living in basic camp accommodation.

Qualifications and Skills

An Introduction to Species Distribution Modelling in the Marine Environment, GIS in Ecology (2020)
PAM Level 1, Seiche Training (2020)
Enhanced DBS (2020)
LISS/CSCS Academically Qualified Certification (valid 2019-2024)
Asbestos awareness and working at heights trained (2019)
ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyor (2018)
GIS for Biologists (2018)
British Divers Marine Life Rescue Marine Mammal Medic (2017)
International Yacht Training (IYT) Competent Crew (2017)
Seasearch Observer (2016)
Full clean UK driver’s license (2015)
British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Qualifications: Instructor Foundation Course (2015), Sports Diver (2015), Ocean Diver (2015), Boat Handling (2015), Outboard Engine and Boat Maintenance (2014); currently working toward Dive Leader
Digital Photography 10 Credit Module, The Open University (2012)

Memberships

Marine Biological Association September 2019 – present
ORCA November 2018 – present
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour April 2018 – present
British Divers Marine Life Rescue September 2017 – present