I am a marine biologist and fish ecologist, with particular interests in the behaviour of coral reef fishes, bioacoustics, effects of climate change on marine ecosystems, conservation and management.
My work combines fieldwork, often through expeditions to remote and challenging environments, with laboratory-based behaviour experiments, data-mining, and computer modelling.
My research focuses on:
My first degree was in Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool (BSc Hons, 1998), during which I worked in Mozambique assessing the Quirimba Archipelago for Marine Protected Area status. Inspired by my time in the tropics, I followed this with a Masters degree at the University of York in Marine & Coastal Ecology & Environmental Management (MRes, 1999), where I completed an Internship in the British Virgin Islands designing fisheries management tools for the developing world. I then spent a year working on projects in Australia, an expedition in Belize, and at a UK environmental consultancy, before embarking on my PhD (2000-2004) at the University of York supervised by Dr Calvin Dytham and Dr Mark Meekan (Australian Institute of Marine Science), which focussed on the influence of behaviour of larval coral reef fish on their dispersal and the effects on population connectivity. I continued this line of study, combining field studies, electrophysiology, choice experiments and individual-based modelling, with a NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship which I held at the University of Edinburgh (2004-2007, hosted by Dr Victoria Braithwaite). I then moved to Bristol to work with Dr Martin Genner on the effects of climate change on European fish communities and implications for effective fisheries and conservation management under the NERC Sustainable Marine Bioresources theme. I am currently Co-Investigator on a Defra-funded project with Dr Andy Radford to study the impacts of anthropogenic noise (shipping, pile-driving, drilling, etc.) on UK marine life, and most recently have been awarded a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship to develop strong links with industry and policy on the themes of European Fisheries and Climate Change, and Anthropogenic Noise and Marine Ecosystems.
I have a diverse range of teaching experience:
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