wow so many questions sorry I didn't get to answer them all!
Favourite Thing: I love doing field work, spending time at the beach, rockpooling and working on boats off shore. Not only do you learn loads and get to take part in some really interesting research, but you also get to meet some amazingly interesting people and see lots of different places around the world.
I went to Denny High School just outside Glasgow from 1998-2004, I then went to Aberdeen University from 2004-2008. I liked it so much that after a year away I went back in 2009.
BSc in Marine Biology and MSc in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
I have worked lots of places, I’ve worked in a clothes shop, a pub and for the Inland Revenue, but I’ve also worked for and taken part in research for the Univeristies of Aberdeen and Tokyo and carried out coral reef research in Fiji.
I am currently a Fisheries Policy Officer.
I work for the Marine Conservation Society – an environmental charity.
Me and my work
I love the sea and eating seafood so can’t imagine doing anything else.
My work lets me meet lots of different people who are involved in fisheries or who love the sea. I am involved in the human side of science – once all the science and research has been done I look at how this can actually be put into place in the real world. It is important to consider how we can protect our seas from damage to make sure we don’t catch all the fish or damage the seabed permanently. But it is also important to make sure that we talk to the fishermen and the people who live on the coast to make sure that we can maintain fishing industies and protect fishing communities.
My Typical Day
Most of the time I am either working at my desk or in meetings all over Europe talking to lots of different people.
What I'd do with the money
I would use the money to develop education materials for our charity to bring the sea side to schools.
We have a small education team in our charity and most of what we do, we do because we find it interesting. I would like to make sure we had some fun and interesting stuff to take to schools and groups like the brownies and scouts to bring the sea side to people who don’t live near the sea. I have an idea to produce a sea side in a box that we can share with people and show the amazing things you can find in UK seas – like turtles, sharks and starfish.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Friendly, geeky and creative.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
my favourite band is Frightened Rabbit.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Diving with Sharks in Fiji, it was scary but amazing when the huuuge sharks swam over my head.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I wish I could do more hands on work in the sea, I wish I could spend more time with my nephews in Scotland and I wish that I had enough money to do all the travelling I want to do.
What did you want to be after you left school?
A marine biologist
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
yes (but not as much as my brother)
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Helped to discover (what was at the time) the worlds deepest living fish.
Tell us a joke.
What did the salmon say when he swam in to a wall? Damn!
I have worked off shore on research ships,
you get to wear some fun, very bright, outfits on a boat!
and help to discover some really amazing animals
In my current job I work with UK an EU ministers, we had just won a vote at the European parliament in this picture and were celebrating.
I work with people like the makers of The End of the Line to make sure there is a future for our seas and to raise awareness of ocean issues – this is the trailer for an amazing documentary “The End of the Line”.