MSci with First Class Honours in Aquatic Bioscience from the University of Glasgow (including work placement project based at Exploris Aquarium – Project title: Rearing Juvenile Seahorses)
I am currently the general site technician for the Marine Laboratory, having recently returned to the role following a 3 year secondment to the Interreg funded EnAlgae project. This project focussed around the potential use of algae for biofuels, and required the cultivation of kelp species L. digitata, S. latissima and A. esculenta in our lab based hatchery, followed by deployment to longlines in Strangford Lough. This project funded the construction of a seaweed hatchery facility on site at QML, where a further grant has already been secured for cultivation research.
My work involves maintenance of the seawater system on site, taking part in boat and diving fieldwork, and assisting in student and postdoctoral research across a wide range of marine related themes.
Aquarist/Guide with Seal Rehabilitation – Exploris Aquarium 2005 – 2008
Scientific Officer - NIEA Land and Resource Management Unit 2008 - 2009
Aquaculture Technician, Modiolus Research and Restoration Project –
Queen’s University Marine Laboratory 2009-2011
HSE Part IV Commercial Diver
RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling
Graham Kerr Memorial Prize for Aquatic Bioscience 2005 – Glasgow University
Modiolus Research and Restoration Project: Final Report and Recommendations - May 2011 – D. Roberts, L. Allcock, J. M. Farinas Franco, E. Gorman, C. A. Maggs, A. M. Mahon, D. Smyth, E. Strain and C.D. Wilson
Tel: +44 (0)28 427 27816
Room: Queen's University Marine Laboratory, Portaferry