I received my B.Sc. (Hons) in Marine Science from the National University in Ireland, Galway, and my M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Conservation from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to undertaking a PhD, I worked as a researcher in the Marine Institute in Galway, Ireland and Marine Scotland Science in Aberdeen, Scotland. My PhD research at Ulster University focused on the changes in species distribution for temperate marine fish in Europe.
The primary aim of my project was to analyse historic and current trends in the population dynamics of temperate marine fish on the western European margin to understand and predict future distributions in a changing world. My time as a PhD student at Coleraine was interesting and formative, I must thank Professor Paul Dunlop for his support.
My proudest moment was when I received a Fulbright-Marine Institute research scholarship which allowed me to work with internationally excellent fisheries ecologists with strong international policy background in Alaska Pacific Universities FAST lab, run by Dr Brad Harris, this helped me to frame my work in a global context. I also spent time in Cornell University where I worked with exceptional quantitative ecologists, Dr Suresh Sethi, where I expanded my biostatistics knowledge.
I couldn’t have got through this last few years without the amazing support of my family and friends, particularly my husband, Norm.