Researcher and Teaching Assistant

Education and Outreach; Marine Ecosystems; Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Current role in the field of ocean sciences: Post-doc

Area(s) of expertise within ocean sciences: I would describe myself as a disease ecologist. I work on diseases associated with marine animals, mainly crustaceans. I have worked on susceptibility of animals to disease and parasites, the effects of diseases from potential invasive species and the effects of environmental factors such as Marine Protected Areas on disease prevalence. I maintain a blog and am interested in science communication and outreach.

Interest in becoming a mentor: I am very interested in outreach and having recently completed my PhD I am keen to share my experiences and enthusiasm with new students! About two years ago, I started a blog ( in which I wrote about my PhD research and life as a postgraduate student and scientist. I try to keep it informal; if I publish a paper I like to write an explanatory blog so that my science is accessible for all. Apart from my own science, I also blog about current issues such as choosing a postgraduate degree and funding opportunities for young scientists (my PhD was self-funded, so I have been in a position looking for funding opportunities!). As a result of this work, I was asked by the Society of Biology to write a guest post for their blog on what we can learn from our peers around the globe, therefore I feel mentoring a student at the Ocean Sciences Meeting is a great opportunity for building links – for both myself and a student. I have experience mentoring students in both an academic and personal setting – I am a teaching assistant for a variety of bioscience modules at my university and was a Welfare Warden at the Student Village during my PhD; a live- in member of staff. I have also worked for the Swansea Science Summer School (S4 Project), is an inclusivity project funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. S4 aims to give high school level students (aged 12-16) a taste of science (biology, geography, maths, physics and computer science) at university and what a career in science can offer. As a core ambassador, I was on hand to advise and help the students as they spend each day in a different subject area. I also gave workshops on tidal rock-pool species, invertebrates and science policy. I think it is important for current and upcoming scientists to meet and work alongside the next generation of students – they are the future, after all!

Languages spoken, in addition to English: Currently learning Spanish.

Highest Degree Earned: Doctorate

Career Stage: Early