I made a decision in 2007, to leave an unfulfilling career in sales and marketing (where I had reached management levels) to follow my dream of working in Marine Fish Biology. I completed a BSc. Foundation Programme in Biological & Chemical Science at Liverpool John Moore University in 2008. I then went on to gain a First Class Degree with honours in Marine Biology with Oceanography from the University of Southampton in 2011, winning a financial award two years running for being a top 10 achiever of the year.
My PhD at the University of Southampton started in 2012 under the primary supervision of Dr Clive Trueman. My main areas of research are Marine fish isotope ecology using otolith stable isotope analysis of oxygen and carbon; Fish physiology involving running enzyme assays on both aerobic and anaerobic enzymes within the white muscle tissue of fish and fish aging and growth rate estimates determined by otolith analysis. The outcome of my project will be a test of a new method to recover field metabolic rate retrospectively from either modern or archived otolith collections.