Excited to be back answering such interesting and varied questions!
I live in North Wales with my husband, 3 kids, and our over-excitable dog. I love being outdoors, in the sea, or camping – happiest when watching my kids have fun!
I live on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. I absolutely love living here, it is amazing being surround by such beautiful mountains and beaches. I love nothing more than sleeping out in the countryside in our campervan, waking up to the sound of waves on the beach. I have 3 kids, a girl and twin boys, who keep me on my toes for sure – add in an over-excitable dog – my house is chaos! But I wouldn’t change it for the world…
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Marine Biology lecturer at Bangor University. I write computer programs to help understand which types of fishing cause most harm to the environment, and which fish are a more environmentally friendly option to eat!
I am a marine biology lecturer at Bangor University, which means I spend a lot of time teaching students all sorts of things about the marine world, about fisheries and how they can impact the environment, and how we can collect data and analyse it to find out the answer to interesting scientific questions! I really enjoy teaching, it’s great helping students develop their skills in a topic they enjoy!
I also do research for the Marine Stewardship Council. I write computer programs to help understand which types of fishing cause most harm to the environment. Hopefully, people can then use these computer programs to help work who should be allowed to use this little blue symbol to show that their fish are more ‘eco-friendly’.
When you buy fish at the supermarket, you might have seen a little blue symbol on them (I’ve put a picture of it below). This symbol is a sign that the fish comes from a more environmentally friendly and sustainable fishery – this is called an eco-label, because it shows you which is a more ‘eco-friendly’ product. A large team of scientists at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC for short) work out how to decide who is allowed to use this label on their food – our research helps them to decide who can use the label. Look out for it next time you are at the supermarket!
My Typical Day:
No two days are ever the same, but I do a lot of teaching, and a lot of coding – and a lot of teaching coding!
I spend a lot of my time teaching University students about marine biology, so I’m often creating lectures (lessons), or marking student work – it’s great fun teaching something you are passionate about! I particularly enjoy teaching students how to use computer code to do scientific research – I’m a bit of a geek.
I am also really lucky that Bangor Uni is in a really pretty place – the view from the office is not bad!
We have a pretty cool research boat at the School of Ocean Sciences too – sometimes I get to go out on it and collect fish or survey what is on the seabed Click here to see a video of the seabed taken from the boat!
I even got to meet Prince Charles once!
You can see a little video about what it’s like to study at the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University here!
What I'd do with the prize money:
Creating games to learn about sustainable fishing!
Bangor University, Ulster University, Cardiff University, Friary High School
PhD Fisheries Science
MSc Geographic Information Systems (Maps)
A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths
GCSEs in all the core subjects plus textiles, music, business studies and french
Bangor University, Cardiff and Vale College, Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, Marks and Spencers
Marine Biology Lecturer
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Friendly, open-minded, and logical
What did you want to be after you left school?
When I left school I wanted to be a doctor, but unfortunately that didn’t work out. After working in a shop for a while, then doing some backpacking, I decided studying Zoology and Ecology (animals and the environment) might get me a fun job outdoors, where I’d get to travel lots – and it did!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sometimes, mainly for being late!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I think I'd probably like to do something medical, perhaps be a midwife!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I’m pretty easy going when it comes to music – and I never remember anyone’s name!
What's your favourite food?
I love food, I’m not sure I could pick a single favourite! I love cooking Indian food most often
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I’d probably wish to be able to spend a bit less time at work, to see more of my family and friends, and to go on more holidays!
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a fish with a tie? soFISHticated!