I am a Marine Biology graduate from the University of Hull. My degree enabled me to follow my passion for the marine environment as well as focus my interest in certain areas including various impacts on marine life, particularly anthropogenic factors. During my degree I had the chance to gain invaluable experience volunteering within the Aquarist Department at The Deep, where I was also able to complete my dissertation project testing. My dissertation looked into anthropogenic impacts in a way, researching the effect of temperature on jellyfish polyps, an issue that can be applied to the future of our oceans with climate change being a such a current global worry.
My research interests remain similar to the focus of my undergraduate dissertation project, with the impacts that humans have on areas of the marine environment. In the future, I hope my research will involve looking into noise and vibration impacts from offshore wind farm operations on benthic organisms. This would be an interesting area of research for me following my previous work with benthic polyps and how they are impacted by different conditions.
Why you applied for the Aura CDT:
The Aura CDT appealed to me with its innovative and interesting multidisciplinary approach to offshore wind energy. I wish to play a role in the future of the offshore wind sector whilst contributing to the future of environmental protection and sustainability. My dissertation project helped me to realise that I was keen to continue into a future of research, with this particular PhD opportunity being a perfect way to carry out research in a current field of interest.
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