I have always been drawn to the ocean, and marine mammals have been a fascination of mine ever since I was a child, filling my room with everything dolphin I could find and taking every opportunity I could to see them in the wild. I studied a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth, which took me to Greece for my dissertation on the distribution of dolphins in the Ionian Sea in relation to environmental variables. I then stayed put to complete an MSc in Applied Marine Science, opting to investigate the ecology of bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon Estuary in Ireland for my thesis.
I participated in various volunteer projects, including studying bottlenose dolphins and porpoises in Wales and humpback dolphins in Australia, before joining OSC in 2012 as an MMO and PAM Operator, followed by Research Assistant and finally Marine Scientist. It was a really varied role that took me around the world and enabled me to get stuck into many fascinating research projects, including being an author of the MMO and PAM Handbook. Following a break from OSC, I have rejoined the team as Research Coordinator and am helping to drive OSC’s research department as it progresses in the acoustic and rigs-to-reefs/decommissioning fields.