What a fun first few chats - love the range of questions!
Bangor University 2013 - 2017, Ulster University 2014 - 2017, Cardiff University 2007 - 2011
PhD Fisheries Science, MSc Geographic Information Systems (Maps), BSc Ecology
Bangor University, Cardiff and Vale College, Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, Marks and Spencers
Postdoctoral Fisheries Research Officer
Fisheries scientist, environmentally conscious, love being outdoors on the beach, in the sea, on a mountain, or lazing in our campervan.
I live with my fiance on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. I absolutely love living here, it is amazing being surround by such beautiful mountains and beaches. I love nothing more than sleeping out in the countryside in our campervan, waking up to the sound of waves on the beach, and trying (and usually failing) to surf them. I’m getting married in August, and hopefully I will soon be the proud owner of a super cute little spaniel puppy…
I work as a researcher at Bangor University. I write computer programs to help understand which types of fishing cause most harm to the environment, and which fish are a more environmentally friendly option to eat!
When you buy fish at the supermarket, you might have seen a little blue symbol on them (I’ve put a picture of it below). This symbol is a sign that the fish comes from a more environmentally friendly and sustainable fishery – this is called an eco-label, because it shows you which is a more ‘eco-friendly’ product. A large team of scientists at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC for short) work out how to decide who is allowed to use this label on their food.
I work at Bangor University doing research for the Marine Stewardship Council. I write computer programs to help understand which types of fishing cause most harm to the environment. Hopefully, people can then use these computer programs to help work who should be allowed to use this little blue symbol to show that their fish are more ‘eco-friendly’.
My Typical Day
No two days are ever the same, but I am normally working at a computer!
Most of the time I am working at a computer. I could be writing computer code, I could be writing about my research, or I could be sitting in meetings and sending emails – it might sound like a dull office job, but when the topic is something you are really interested in, working at a computer can be pretty rewarding too! I am also really lucky that Bangor Uni is in a really pretty place – the view from the office is not bad!
We have a pretty cool research boat at the School of Ocean Sciences too – sometimes I get to go out on it and collect fish or survey what is on the seabed Click here to see a video of the seabed taken from the boat!
I even got to meet Prince Charles once!
I also get to teach University students, so I’m often creating lectures, or marking student work – it’s great fun teaching something you are passionate about!
You can see a little video about what it’s like to study at the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University here!
What I'd do with the prize money
Creating games to learn about sustainable fishing!
Games are a fun way to learn about different scientific ideas! I’d like to use the money to create some games that we can use when schools visit the University (or if we visit schools). These games would be a fun way to learn about different things to do with sustainable fishing. We’d learn about over-fishing (catching too many fish!), and how some ways of fishing can accidentally kill more animals on the seabed than others (don’t worry, no real animals will be used!!).
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Friendly, open-minded, and logical
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
For a year I worked at a small remote research station in a tropical rainforest in Borneo! It was such an amazing experience, living and working alongside monkeys, orang-utans, crocodiles, and elephants!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I’ve been lucky to work in some really exciting places, like Borneo, and on Greek Islands – these jobs made me realise that I could do something really cool with my career, it was really inspiring, and motivated me to work harder.
What was your favourite subject at school?
I quite liked Maths - because lots of my friends were in my class, our teacher was really funny, and we had cake on Mondays!
What did you want to be after you left school?
When I left school I wanted to be a doctor, but unfortunately that didn’t work out. After working in a shop for a while, then doing some backpacking, I decided studying Zoology and Ecology (animals and the environment) might get me a fun job outdoors, where I’d get to travel lots – and it did!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sometimes, but not for anything bad, mainly for being late!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
You never know what you are going to enjoy until you try it, so if I wasn’t doing this job I would be excited to try out all sorts of different things!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I’m pretty easy going when it comes to music – and I never remember anyone’s name!
What's your favourite food?
I love food, I’m not sure I could pick a single favourite! I love cooking Indian food most often
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I’d probably wish to be able to spend a bit less time at work, to see more of my family and friends, and to go on more holidays!
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a fish with a tie? soFISHticated!