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Sarah Bond, BSc Marine Science

In 2016, I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Marine Science (first class). Additionally, I gained a Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS) with commendation, after studying in Sydney at UNSW for my exchange year. After completing my degree, I worked for the summer at Blue Ocean Monitoring Ltd., which gave me valuable insight to the commercial sector of marine science. In September 2016, I will start on the MSc Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews.

This will develop on the material I studied on my undergraduate degree at Ulster, as well as being exposed to new modules focused specifically on the biology and management of marine mammals. One optional module of particular interest is predator ecology in polar ecosystems, which entails a fieldtrip aboard a research vessel to Antarctica. I am extremely excited and fortunate to be given the chance to study this competitive masters programme, which has only been possible due to the opportunities available at Ulster University. After my masters degree, I plan to continue my research of marine mammals in a PhD.

Charles Ford, BSc Marine Science

In 2015, I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Marine Science, 1st class. Upon completion, I travelled to South Australia to work at Kangabbie Aquaculture Farm, where I had spent my placement year in 2013. My work here consists primarily of trying to develop a more sustainable, and productive feeding programme in crayfish aquaculture. We work closely alongside professors from Flinders University, and are currently observing very promising results.

The research I am currently conducting follows on from the feed trial, which formed the basis of my Bachelor Degree Dissertation. Fundamentally, we are trying to reduce the reliance upon fishmeal in the production of aquaculture feed. In September 2016, I will be travelling back to Scotland to begin a MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture at Stirling University. I intend to pursue a career in this subject area, and hopefully contribute to improving the sustainability of the ever growing UK aquaculture industry.

Niamh McDermott, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated in 2015 with a 2:1 BSc Hons Environmental Science degree. Since then I’ve started work as an Environmental Scientist in the private sector. SpillAssist Ltd is based in Armagh and specialises in the remediation of contaminated land, particularly contamination by fuel oils. The work is varied and involves lots of environmental sampling, mostly soil but also water sampling and some atmospheric sampling for volatile compounds. I really like this variation and being outside on investigation as much time as being in the office. I’m also really pleased to be working for a consultancy in the private sector so soon after graduating and this is the direction I’d like to pursue for my future career.

Alistair Archibald, BSc Marine Science

After graduating with a 2.1 in 2014, I gained an internship at Carntogher Community Association, where I was responsible for GIS, mapping and fieldwork. The work involved a combination of desktop study and fieldwork, using state of the art hardware and software. After the internship ended, I was kept on as a consultant for GIS and mapping related work. This internship was excellent for both work experience, including making professional judgments within my area of expertise and engaging with colleagues from diverse disciplines.

In 2015 I started an EPA-funded PhD in Trinity College Dublin, investigating the causes of diatom algal blooms in the Vartry Reservoir system. Although freshwater based, many of the tools and skills that I learned through my degree course are proving invaluable at this early stage. The project really appeals to me, as if successful, it will bring direct benefit to the wider public and may act as a template for further studies of algal bloom problems in similar mesotrophic lakes in Ireland and further afield. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, with chemists, environmental engineers and hydrologists, is an excellent opportunity for learning new skills.

Edward Lockhart, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated in 2014 with a 1st class honours degree having completed a DPP with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute. During my degree, I undertook several marine geophysics and marine science modules which formed the foundation for my passion for marine geophysics. These skills led me to conduct a dissertation project which involved reconstructing the palaeo-glacial environment of the North Channel using glacial features identified from multi-beam echo-sounder data. My interest in the use of marine geophysics in palaeo-environmental reconstructions led me to then pursue an MSc in Applied Marine Geoscience (Bangor University).

This course enhanced my experience in the collection, processing and interpretation of various geophysical datasets, along with giving me knowledge of the geotechnical investigation of glacigenic sediments. I am now doing a PhD at Bangor using geophysical data and sediment cores to reconstruct palaeo-glacial environments, specifically the extension of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet into the Celtic Sea. This will improve our understanding of how past ice sheets behaved due to changing climate and sea level, allowing us to apply this knowledge to current ice sheets to predict changes in their ice mass due to similar environmental stresses. This research forms part of the BRITICE Project, which aims to reconstruct and constrain the deglaciation of the British-Irish Ice Sheet through targeted terrestrial and marine sampling strategies.

Chris Finlay, BSc Environmental Science

After graduating in 2013 (2.1) I successfully applied for a UU Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice course that was advertising a position to work for Fermanagh District Council as an Environmental Science Intern. The work is challenging, gets me out and about all over Fermanagh, which is a beautiful place, and it’s a good chance for me to learn how science is applied in industry. A great thing to come from this internship is that I will have 6 months of strong work experience and will leave after finishing an independent project which I can use to back up applications for other jobs. Importantly, however, I’ve realised I want to keep learning and developing. Teaching is something I’m looking into as well as I’ve found that helping others (particularly those my age and younger) is a big motivator for me.

Lynda Byrne, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated in 2013 with a 1st class honours degree in Environmental Science. During my time at the University I successfully applied for a place on the Marine Institute’s summer bursary program and completed the work experience year. During my placement I gained valuable professional experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within conservation. This was augmented during my final semester when I took part in the iMap project where I developed my presentation and project management skills. I am currently employed as a Mapping and Charting officer with LPS and will be starting as a GI Consultant with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at the end of January 2014. The support I gained throughout my studies from the University of Ulster has given me a good base on which to develop a career which both interests and challenges me.

Hannah Orr, BSc Geography

I graduated from the Ulster University in 2012 with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) Geography. I then took a 3 month role as a Mapping and Charting Officer with Land and Property Services (LPS) before completing an MSc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Ulster. After completing my MSc I returned to LPS as a Mapping and Charting Officer, mainly working on the Northern Ireland address gazetteer. During my time at LPS I also had the opportunity to work on a GIS Consultancy project with a Council. I subsequently worked for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service as an Information Analyst which involved performance analysis and use of GIS to assist in performance monitoring and decision making. I am now working with Gaelectric as a GIS Project Officer and predominantly work on Onshore Wind Farm Projects.

Ryan McKenna, BSc Marine Science

I graduated in 2012 with a 2:1 honours degree having completing a year long international exchange program (DIAS) at Flinders University (South Australia). I 2013, I completed an internship with Ireland’s National Advanced Marine Technology Program of the Marine Institute in Galway where I gained significant insight into the marine Information Communication Technology sector. In the following summer of 2014, I was fortunate to find myself coordinating a GIS team for the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation in Greece as a volunteer funded by a Leonardo Di Vinci scholarship.

My team and I later went on to win the €5,000 2014 Copernicus Masters Energy & Environment Challenge prize sponsored by DLR (German Aerospace Center). After a short spell as an aerial surveyor for the UK Environment Agency I have found myself working in the research and development of environmental indicators for national and regional policy concerning offshore marine protected areas at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) in England. My journey is far from over. However, connections made through studies, volunteer work, competitions and international exchange have been invaluable.

Becky Creed, BSc Marine Science

I graduated in 2012 with a 1st class honours degree and DPP with Commendation. For my placement year, I was very fortunate to be given the role of Co-ordinator at a NGO, the Atlantic Whale Foundation, based in Tenerife. During this placement, I was given some amazing opportunities including underwater video recording of Pilot Whales, a truly unforgettable experience! I was also sent on a 2 month paid trip to Argentina to set up a new project. The responsibility and opportunities that I was given during my placement boosted my confidence and ultimately helped me in achieving the final grade in my BSc. Upon leaving Ulster, I decided to travel and I have now spent almost 2 years in Australia. In my first year here I worked as a Marine Biologist on the Great Barrier Reef.

This was an incredible experience, which  enabled me to gain not only valuable practical skills and knowledge but also a lot of sea time, something I notice that employers regard highly. My experiences have helped me to develop a keen interest in marine management. I have decided to go back into education and I am currently applying for a MSc in coastal and marine management back in the UK. The BSc at Ulster and the opportunity of a placement year provide excellent possibilities to gain and develop many employable skills that I have now recognised as essential within the marine science industry. Furthermore, if you like to travel like me, it opens many doors to working and travelling further afield!

Connor McCarron, BSc Marine Science

In 2012 I graduated with a 1st class honours degree and a DPP with commendation after completing a placement year at the Loughs Agency. During my final year I continued to work for the Loughs Agency as an assistant scientific officer and was offered a role as a research support technician providing technical support for MPhil and PhD students studying under the IBIS project. I recently completed a masters in Applied Marine Geoscience at Bangor University after being awarded a Petroleum Exploration Society scholarship and started a PhD in October 2014, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). In my PhD I will attempt to improve understanding of shelf seabed dynamics in mixed sediments, through the analysis of offshore geophysical data, flume experiments and numerical modelling.

Kieranna McCormick, BSc Marine Science

In 2012 I graduated with a BSc (2.2) in Marine Science with DPP (commendation). I undertook an incredible placement during my third year with a volunteer NGO based in Tenerife which focused on cetacean research; this led to further opportunities in West Africa and Budapest. Thanks to this opportunity I was able to finally decide which of the many marine science paths to go down and subsequently enrolled on an MSc in Marine Biology with University College Cork. I am currently spending three months in north east Iceland conducting pioneering research on humpback whales for my thesis, with the potential to publish when I’m finished. I look forward to starting a PhD within the field of marine mammal sciences. The academic foundations, opportunities and connections I’ve gained from Ulster continue to help me as I progress through my career in science.

Ross McComish, BSc Marine Science

I graduated from Ulster in 2012 with BSc (2.2) in Marine Science with DPP. I became very interested in both the bathymetric mapping and hydro-dynamic forcing when undertaking modules in seafloor mapping and coastal processes. I then embarked on an MSc in Oceanography in the National Oceanography Centre (Southampton), where I am currently doing my thesis. During my time as a BSc marine science undergrad, I learned a number of transferable skills and software packages that have contributed massively while undertaking my MSc. I also undertook a placement in Tenerife with a diving company and  gained certification to dive-master level. I believe that my time as undergraduate both in university and on placement has benefited and matured me as person and given me focus for where I want to take my career.

Aaron Kirkpatrick, BSc Marine Science

I graduated with a 1st class honours degree in 2011, after spending 12 months at Flinders University in Australia on the study-abroad scheme (DIAS). I subsequently completed an internship with Cetacea Lab Canada in 2012, researching whales off the coast of British Columbia in Canada. In 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Masters in Marine Mammal Science at the University of Miami in Florida. In 2015, I started a PhD in the Laboratory of Ecological and Adaptational Physiology (LEAP) at Balyor University Texas, investigating the physiological adaptations and mechanism of animals in extreme and changing environmental conditions.

Gail McAleese, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated in 2011 with a first class honours degree, during which time I developed a keen interest in seafloor mapping and marine geology. Subsequently I completed an MSc in Applied Marine Geosciences at Bangor University. I was lucky to be a recipient of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) Educational Support Fund(ESF) at Ulster and Bangor, which was a big financial help. My undergraduate and postgraduate degree paths led me to make the natural progression into the offshore industry, and I’m currently employed by Gardline Geosurvey Ltd as an Offshore Marine Geophysicist, working on site investigation projects for the the oil and gas and offshore renewable energy industries.

Katie McFarland, BSc Geography

I graduated in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Geography, and continued my postgraduate studies at UU, completing an MSc in GIS. During my MSc I gained valuable work experience through a 6 week placement in Land and Property Services. I also became involved working on a Fuel Poverty project run by the University of Ulster in conjunction with the Department of Social Development (DSD) and the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM). I switched to taking the MSc on a part time basis which allowed me time to work on this project and also complete my dissertation, which was related to the project. I have since worked on several different GIS projects in Northern Ireland Water and Northern Ireland Housing Executive. Since June 2013 I have been working as a GIS Consultant with ESRI Ireland, based in the Water Management Unit within NIEA.

Craig Dyer, BSc Marine Science

I graduated with a 2.1 in 2011 and started with Fugro EMU in Southampton. I am now a Senior Hydrographic Surveyor, responsible for the collection and consolidation of high-resolution bathymetric data. One of the many surveys we are completing is the UK Civil Hydrography Programme, helping the UKHO and MCA update nautical charts for safe navigation. The material covered in lectures and the practical experience gained from Ulster helped me gain employment in this sector.

Alison Archer, BSc Marine Science

I graduated from Ulster in 2011 with a 2.1, awarded with DPP after completing work experience with the NIEA Water Management Unit. During this time, I also participated in two AFBI research cruises, which formed the basis for my final year dissertation. I am currently working as a Scientific/Outreach Officer for the DOE Marine Division. I believe that doing the work experience year really benefited me after university, work experience is essential when applying for jobs.

Andrew Boyd, BSc Marine Science

I graduated from Ulster in 2010 with a BSc (2.1) in Marine Science. I subsequently went on to complete an MSc in GIS at Ulster, with some travelling in between. During my undergraduate degree I found a passion for sea floor mapping and surveying. I am currently employed as a trainee data processor with Fugro Survey in Aberdeen. Working in the marine surveying industry was a natural progression for me with great opportunities to travel, meet new people and spend a lot of time at sea!

Students who graduated before 2010

Patricia Doran, BSc Geography

I graduated from Ulster University with a 2:1 in Geography (2009) and a PgDip in GIS (2010).  Following this I worked for Northern Ireland Water (NIW) as a GIS technician, using skills I had gained at university I applied them to different GIS software.  This provided the groundwork for my current position as a hydraulic modeller with civil engineering company, Mouchel, where I am responsible for the construction and calibration of hydraulic models based on NIW’s supply network across the whole of Northern Ireland.

More recently I have been using these models to carry out analysis on the network to assist NIW with their Watermain Rehabilitation Framework (WMRF) by testing the impact their proposed rehab changes has on the downstream network.  Alongside this I am also completing an online course with World Bank Group on ‘Designing and implementing successful water utility reform’ and working towards chartership with the Institute of Water.

Pamela McQuillan (née Livingstone), BSc Geography

I graduated in 2009 with a 2:2 BSc Hons in Geography before going on to complete a PGDip in GIS the following year.  My undergraduate and postgraduate studies at University of Ulster greatly enhanced my knowledge and experience of GIS and gave me a strong foundation for taking my knowledge further into the workplace.

After my time spent at UUC I took up the posts firstly of GIS Technician and later GIS Data Analyst within Northern Ireland Water over a period of 4 years from 2011 through 2015.  Here I was responsible for digitising new and existing above and below ground water and sewer assets onto the company’s corporate GIS.  I also had the task of responding to internal and external data requests through querying of the asset register.  Since October 2015, I have been working for Sopra Steria as a GIS Consultant on a range of Public and Private sector client GIS projects.

Colin Armstrong, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science in 2003 and I’m currently employed as a Principal Scientific Officer in the Department of Environment’s Marine Division. In this role I’m managing the Conservation and Reporting team which has responsibility for marine nature conservation and archaeology. I had previously worked for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) where I spent 8 years as an ecologist working on the lake monitoring programme and a year in the Strategy Group where I had the opportunity to be involved with policy development. During my degree I completed a 51 week placement with NIEA and this experience, together with the skills that were taught as part of the Environmental Science programme, have proved to be very valuable in preparing me for the various roles I have had within the Department of Environment and NIEA.

Louise Brown, BSc Geography

I graduated in 1996 with a BSc (Hons) Geography degree and am now a Property Research Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster. My teaching and research are related to property market investment and planning. For example, one of the modules I teach is ’housing market dynamics’ which includes issues such as affordability and the number of first time buyers.

This teaching links to a research project ‘The Northern Ireland Quarterly House Price Index’ that I have co-authored for over 10 years. I consider myself a geographer although I am now specialized in one particular aspect of social geography. Once I finished my degree, my first job was in a small private town planning practice as an assistant town planner completing multi-use planning applications and liaising with planning officers on behalf of developers. My background in geography including experience of GIS and mapping skills with an understanding of land use, geology and topography were valuable assets. In my School, it is no coincidence that many of the lecturers have a geographical background.

A geography degree contains both knowledge and skills (such as understanding statistical evidence, measurement, interpreting scientific results) which provide an excellent basis for many jobs. As geographers, we have learnt to gather information, evaluate different sources and to identify problems, make connections and offer solutions. In our current world the challenge to consider global issues which have physical, social, economic and environmental consequences requires all these skills and as geographers we have a lot to offer.

George Hull, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated in 1999 with a first class honours degree. During the degree programme I developed a particular interest in terrestrial ecology and subsequently went on to study for a PhD in Forest Ecology. Following this I did some part-time teaching in a Further Education college and worked with the long-term unemployed on a programme aimed at facilitating their return to work. As a result of these experiences, in 2004, I returned to UUC to complete a PGCE in Geography. In September 2005 I secured a full time teaching post with Coleraine Academical Institution where I have worked since, being promoted to Head of Careers in 2009. I also occasionally carry out environmental consultancy work.

Ben Collier, BSc Marine Science

I graduated in 2008 with a 2.1 degree. Undertaking my bachelor’s degree at the School of Environmental Sciences provided me with a firm platform, from which I continued my studies to post graduate level, completing an MSc in Marine Biology at the University of Essex. Since leaving academia, I have worked in various positions within the environmental sector and am currently employed as the Senior Biologist with the Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust, having spent my initial two years as biologist. The skills, knowledge and experience that I gained throughout my time at the University of Ulster equipped me for my post graduate studies and have been invaluable in aiding my transition from a student to a professional scientist.

Thomas Smyth, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated from Ulster in 2009 with a BSc (1st class) in Environmental Science. After completing my undergraduate dissertation on simulating nearshore waves to predict beach slope, I became interested in continuing my studies and was awarded a PhD scholarship to study airflow and sediment transport dynamics in coastal dune blowouts. Following the completion of my PhD in 2012, I moved to Australia to work as aPostdoctoral Research Fellow at Flinders University. The combination of field, lab and computation skills I developed at the University of Ulster has enabled me to collaborate with a range of scientists investigating fluid dynamics in terrestrial, marine and Martian environments. The research involved in both my PhD and current role have also provided me the opportunities to travel throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia to perform fieldwork and attend conferences.

Paul Fearon, BSc Geography

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Geography (2008) and an MSc in GIS (2009) from the University of Ulster. I now work for AECOM in New Zealand, where I am involved in all GIS aspects of a major Fortune 500 engineering consultancy firm operating on a global scale. My work is wide ranging. I have been involved in hydro dams construction throughout the Asia-Pacific region, major transport and rail projects from electrification to a new subway, flood hazard modelling and mapping, aviation projects and mining projects in Australia to name but a few. I would really recommend furthering your education and going on to do a postgraduate course.

I thoroughly enjoyed my PG study in GIS. I learned much more about myself and what my strengths and weakness are than I ever could whilst studying as an undergraduate. The relationships you form with the lecturers are a great stepping stone to full time professional work as they get to know you and your abilities better. In the current climate with copious amounts of graduates flooding the already saturated job market each year the only way to ensure you get the job you want is to give yourself a leg up. Completing a PG degree gives you great life skills. Potential employers realise that you are willing to work hard for what you want and will be a benefit to their company. I left Ulster in 2009 and now I am in New Zealand. I honestly don’t think I’d be here on a regular degree.

Niall McGinty, BSc Marine Science

I graduated in 2006 with a 2.1 and then completed the MSc in Marine Science at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. There I worked on the role of mussel beds as a refuge for algae from limpet grazing. In 2008 I began my doctorate research at NUI Galway, exploring the variability of zooplankton populations in Irish waters across a broad range of spatial and temporal scales. I completed my PhD research in 2011 and since then I have had the opportunity to work in some of the most amazing locations. I have since branched out from zooplankton research and now work on all aspects of marine spatial ecology. This included a 12 month post-doc position in the Azores investigating tuna and whale shark interactions and I am currently employed as a MARICE Postdoc at the University of Iceland working on species distribution modelling of commercially important fish species (e.g cod, herring, mackerel).

Deborah Ballantine, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated from Ulster in 2002 with a BSc Hons (1st) and continued my studies at the University of Exeter, with a PhD in Physical Geography, researching soil erosion and pollutant transport in river catchments. Following this, and after working with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, I moved to New Zealand as a water quality researcher with Ag-Research and NIWA. In 2013, I relocated again to an academic post at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province in China where I am Acting Head of the Department of Environmental Science. I’m still thankful to the University of Ulster lecturers who brought my subject to life, and who inspired me to continue with my studies and to make my career in environmental science.

Richard McFaul, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated with a degree in Environmental Science in 2001, after completing a 12 month placement with the Fisheries Conservancy Board for Northern Ireland. I pursued my interest in water science and management by remaining at Ulster to complete a PhD on the ecology of Lough Beg and then a year as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2006 I worked as an environmental consultant in the field of renewal energy and since 2007 I have worked as a Water Quality Inspector for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. I am primarily involved with legislation enforcement, specifically in relation to water pollution from sources such as oil spills, farms and industrial premises. This involves investigating reported pollution incidents, determining and stopping the source and, where necessary, proceeding to court action. My lifelong interest in the natural environment has moved my career towards environmental protection and the education I received at Ulster served as a good basis for this work.

Alastair Fenn, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated with a 2.1 in 2009 and went straight into employment to gain experience. I realised that given the competitive nature of employment in Northern Ireland I would have to broaden my horizons. In October 2009 I took up a position with the Deveron, Bogie & Isla River Charitable Trust in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, as their Biosecurity and Fisheries Development Officer. During the next 3 years I gained valuable skills and was directly responsible for deploying the UK’s first catchment-wide biosecurity project. In October 2012 I took up a position with the Lough Neagh Partnership as Environmental Officer for Lough Neagh and continue to develop and build on skills and knowledge that began at the University of Ulster.

Pete Rodgers, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated in 2004 with a 2.1 in Environmental Science and then completed a Masters in Research in 2005 focusing on palaeolimnology. After leaving University I began a career as a hydrogeologist at White, Young and Green, an engineering consultancy in Belfast. I moved to Melbourne in 2011 and now project manage the assessment and remediation of large-scale contaminated sites with Golder Associates, a large international engineering consultancy. In 2013 I became the Vice-President of the Victorian chapter of the Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association. I really enjoy the diversity of work and mix of people I get to interact with on a daily basis. No two projects are ever quite the same and I get to visit and work in some amazing locations. The degrees I completed at the University of Ulster provided me with a flexible skill set which I have been able to apply to a number of different technical roles.

Dellwyn Kane, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated in 2003 with a first class honours degree in Environmental Science and then continued on in the School of Environmental Sciences working as a Research Assistant on a lake ecology project and a palaeolimnology project. In 2004 I began my doctoral research into freshwater pollution pathways, working as a teaching assistant in the School at the same time. In 2007 and 2008 I briefly worked with the NIEA as a Water Quality Officer, with White Young Green as an Ecological Consultant and also as a private consultant. Following this I took up a position as a Countryside Management Advisor for DARD. In June 2013 I launched my own Ecological Consultancy, Kane Ecology, to provide ecological surveying and assessment services for the planning and conservation sectors.

Mike McLaughlin, BSc Environmental Science

I graduated with a 2.1 in 1977 and then went on to do a M.Agr.Sc. in Soil Science at the University of Reading. I then worked in South Africa at the Soil and Irrigation Research Institute in Pretoria for 3 years as a soil chemist before starting a PhD at The University of Adelaide in Australia in 1983, graduating in 1986. After a postdoctoral fellowship with CSIRO Plant Industry Division in Canberra for 3 years, I moved to Melbourne to work in the fertilizer industry for the Australian Phosphate Corporation until 1991.

I then moved back to Adelaide and commenced with CSIRO Division of Soils as a Research Scientist working on soil and environmental chemistry. I have been with CSIRO since and am now a CSIRO Fellow. I joined the University of Adelaide in 2004 as a Professor in the School of Agriculture Food and Wine and now lead the Mosaic-sponsored University of Adelaide Fertiliser Technology Research Centre. My undergraduate training at the University of Ulster stimulated my interest in soils, agriculture and environmental issues, and encouraged me to gain further qualifications in these areas where I have now specialised.