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
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.