About me

My journey as a coral reef scientist began with a degree in Marine Biology from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and taken me to various coral reef locations, where I have conducted field research and laboratory experiments. 

After graduating in 2013, I trained as a dive instructor in Mexico, and began volunteering for a reef restoration project at the Hotel Akumal Caribe, and eventually hired to run their grass-roots community-led conservation program, Expedition Akumal, and with the support of Akumal Dive Center and their team of expert captains, divemaster, and instructors we installed the first coral nurseries in Akumal, in collaboration with Oceanus A.C. 

In 2016, I trained with Dr Banaszak and SECORE International to incorporate coral sexual reproduction into the program, and I continue volunteering my time to this project every time I can get to Akumal in the summer – see more about this project here. [link to coral sexual reproduction]. Read more about my experience with the CORALIUM coral spawning dream team here

My PhD was undertaken with Dr Adrian Bass at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (October 2017 – June 2022) in collaboration with the the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where I conducted research under the supervision of Professor Ania Banaszak. 

I initiated international collaborations throughout my PhD including lab visit to Nova Southeastern for training and mentorship with Dr Tyler Cyronak, graduate internship placement at Mote Marine Laboratory. 

Thanks to the collaborations I had built through my conservation work before PhD, I was able to self-fund my PhD by working on 2-month expeditions each summer with Operation Wallacea to fund my fieldwork, and I worked with Coral Conservation Society who supported my graduate tuition fees, research costs, and conference participation. My thesis: explored methods and metric of benthic community metabolism. 

In January 2023 I finished my first postdoc position, a 6-month postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida, where I conducted experiments on corals at different life stages to understand the impact that ocean deoxygenation has on survival and metabolism of Caribbean corals. 

For updates on this project, go here.

In addition to research, I am dedicated to communicating the importance of coral reefs to a wider audience and to engaging the public in efforts to protect and conserve these vital habitats. 

Through outreach activities, I attempt to inform, inspire, and advocate for the conservation of coral reefs and associated ecosystems. 

If you are interested in collaborations to would like to learn more get in touch [link to contact page]. 

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