What is your job title?

Visiting Researcher in Marine Biology

Please describe your journey into STEM?

My journey into marine biology started with Spongebob Squarepants of all things. The creator was a marine biologist and I was obsessed with the show. However, I was told by my high school that I wasn’t smart enough to study science at university. I quickly ignored them and studied A-Level biology at home by myself after school. Eventually, I got to university and I now have a masters degree in marine biology! I am currently a visiting researcher at the University of Portsmouth where I study marine worms that live in the ocean surrounding Antarctica and how climate change may be affecting them!

What is a STEM-related question or challenge you would love to solve one day?

I want to spend the rest of my career understanding how marine organisms adapt to extreme and changing environments. By looking at the DNA and morphology of different species I hope to make predictions on whether they will be able survive the rapid changes happening to our planet right now due to events such as climate change.

Why do you think the Great Science Share for Schools is important?

I think it is incredibly important to humanise science and show the younger generation what a career in science really looks like. They get to see a wide variety of career paths and have their eyes opened to areas of research they might have never imagined existed.

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