This is an abbreviated, simplified version of my CV, if you are interested in the full version please contact me.

Current Position:

Research Fellow at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), University of St Andrews


2010-2014: Doctoral candidate at the University of St Andrews (thesis title: The role of oxytocin in the maternal behaviour of the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus).

2004-2008: Undergraduate degree at Durham University (BSc Zoology with Industrial Placement, 1st class Honours).

Field Experience and Research Skills:

  • Extensive experience living and working on remote island field sites around Scotland (seven +6 week seasons over six years).
  • Boat experience spotting large and small cetaceans for acoustic and behavioural studies (approximately 6 months total, across projects in Australia, Boston and Florida).
  • Trained in handling wild phocid seals and small cetaceans, including stranding responses.
  • Validated and can successfully run ELISAs and RIAs to detect hormones in a variety of biological samples.
  • Developed ethograms and collected extensive behaviorual data from seals and large whales.
  • Conducted photographic surveys and matched photographs to generate individual ID catalogues of humpback whales and grey seals.
  • Trained in necropsy technique for seals and small cetaceans.
  • Engaged in public outreach and education during boat tours into American marine protected areas.
  • Familiar with the statistical modelling programme ‘R’ and conducting analyses such as linear regression models, generalised additive models (GAMs) and mixed models.