This is an abbreviated, simplified version of my CV, if you are interested in the full version please contact me.
Research Fellow at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), University of St Andrews
Masters in Marine Mammal Science (School of Biology)
Module: BL5103 – Population Biology Marine Mammals
Lecture: ‘From Individuals to Populations’
Undergraduate Geography & Sustainable Development (School of Geography)
Module: SD2002 – Sustainable Development: tools for action
Lectures: ‘Sustainable Development in the Marine Environment’ 1-3
Publications: Please see this page.
2010-2014: PhD awarded 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).
- Validated and can successfully run ELISAs and RIAs to detect hormones in a variety of biological samples from different wildlife speices.
- Trained in using explant approaches to study fat cells in culture.
- Experienced in the use of biochemical analysers to detect a variety of metabolic parameters (e.g. glucose, lactate, glycerol and NEFA concentrations).
- Trained in extraction of persistant organic pollutants (POPs) from fat tissue and preparing samples for GC-MS analysis.
- Developed ethograms and collected extensive behaviorual data from terrestrial and marine mamamls.
- Designed and conducted social recogntition tests involving wild, untrained seals.
- Familiar with the statistical modelling programme ‘R’ and conducting analyses such as linear regression models, generalised additive models (GAMs) and mixed models.
- Created and maintain two science outreach websites:
1. A public outreach science website about my own work with a blog and associated twitter feed (this website and @KJRScience).
2. The website for the Scottish Oceans Institute ‘Early Careers Network’ (https://soiearlycareersnetwork.wordpress.com/).
- Extensive experience living and working on remote island field sites around Scotland (eight +6 week seasons over eight 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.
- Conducted photographic surveys and matched photographs to generate individual ID catalogues of humpback whales and grey seals.
- Experienced photographer in terrestrial and boat based field conditions.
- Trained in necropsy technique for seals and small cetaceans.
- Engaged in public outreach and education during boat tours into American marine protected areas.