My research focuses on diseases in marine ecosystems, which have the potential to alter ocean life, and the coastal communities that rely upon it. I am currently SEACAMS2 Fisheries Research Officer, working across several projects including herring stock assessments and sea trout tagging, alongside industrial partners such as Pembrokeshire Power Station, RWE and Frog Environmental. Previously I was a Scientific Officer within the Comparative Immunology and Pathobiology group working on the BlueFish project.
I obtained my BSc in Biology and PhD at Swansea University, studying pathogens of economically important European shellfish, the European lobster and brown (edible) crab. My first postdoctoral position at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology investigated the relationship between tropical habitat ecology and disease prevalence in the Caribbean spiny lobster.
My latest research, through the BlueFish Project, is investigating disease connectivity in the aquatic environment, including the ability to ‘track’ pathogens from the water column into the host using environmental DNA (eDNA) approaches. I want to work towards a better understanding of how anthropogenically driven stressors such as fishing, climate change and invasive species, can affect emergence, spread and connectivity of marine diseases.