From a very early age, I was exposed to the sea. Some of my earliest memories are from fishing with my parents on boats off the coast of Wales, however I think I was more on the lookout for puffins, which seemed to catch my attention more than anything else. Even back home in Liverpool, I spent a lot of time at the local marina crabbing, yet I did not consider a marine career until much later down the line.
I did my BSc in Earth Science at Newcastle University, knowing I wanted a career in natural sciences but not knowing which way to go with it. After graduating, during the later part of the COVID pandemic, I worked as a Business Analyst for the United Kingdom Health Security Agency. Finishing this role, and feeling a little lost, I decided to volunteer on terrestrial and marine conservation programs across Namibia and South Africa and it was here, after seeing orcas, humpback and southern right whales, African penguins, Cape fur seals, and great white sharks, where I realised my true love for all things marine. Once home, I enrolled on an MSc at Newcastle University in International Marine Environmental Consultancy, where I focused my dissertation project on documenting interactions between seals and Northumberland inshore net fisheries. I hope to further my career with OSC and contribute towards real, impactful science.
My main hobbies include hiking and fly fishing (and anything else generally outdoorsy), as well as travelling, and painting. My favourite animal would have to be a Leopard seal!