I have been working on the molecular genetics and ecology of a range of species (mostly marine or anadromous) for over 20 years and was, previous to this position, a Senior Researcher for the Beaufort Marine Research Award in Fish Population Genetics (2009-2016). My main areas of interest involve aspects of Atlantic salmon population genetics, using a wide range of different molecular techniques and data analysis methods, with special reference to population differentiation, pedigree analysis and discrimination (Genetic Stock Identification) in mixed fisheries or stocked (rehabilitation or experimental) areas.
I am an experimental behavioural and molecular ecologist with a general curiosity in all fields of ecology and evolution. During my Ph.D. at the MPI for Evolutionary Biology in Ploen, my work focused on studying the role of parasites selection in speciation, sexual and natural selection in sticklebacks. During my time as postdoctoral researcher at the DEE (UNIL, Lausanne), I investigated how phenotypic and environmental variance interact to impact plasticity and selection in the common lizard.
I am a molecular ecologist with research interests spanning mating systems, population genetics and host-parasite interactions. Prior to joining FishEyE, I had predominantly worked on sea turtles (PhD, University of East Anglia; Prof. David S. Richardson; 2009-2013) and guppies (postdoc, Adam Mickewicz University in Poznan; Prof. Jacek Radwan; 2014-2017), with some small forays into birds.
My project will be examining the genetic architecture of ecological divergence in three-spined sticklebacks in the Burrishoole system.
I have two degrees: a B.Sc in Agriculture and Environmental Management and a B.Sc in Rural Enterprise and Environmental Management.
I have a B.Sc (Hons) in Zoology and a PhD in Mammal Ecology entitled; 'Post-release monitoring of two translocated red squirrels Sciurus vulgaris Populations.'
I am now working for the Marine Institute as a Scientific and Technical Officer on the INTERREG funded SeaMonitor Project. This project is part of a highly collaborative effort between partners in Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland. It is primarily focused on species such as Atlantic salmon, basking sharks, flapper skates, seals and cetaceans.
Using the latest in satellite and acoustic technologies, researchers are studying the marine stages of these animals life-cycles in which so much is still unknown. Work from these studies will inform authorities and governments on the presence, habitat-use and migration routes of such species.