So what have I done so far?
I have been lucky enough to work on both terrestrial and marine systems, both in capacities as a conservationist and in consultancies in the United Kingdom (UK).
I think this balance of having worked in both systems has improved my identification, teamwork, and communication skills, as well as to further develop complementary skills working towards my marine conservation future.
FPCR consultants UK April to August 2019
In my role here, I carried out protected species surveys and worked independently and well as part of a team at times to perform a number of ecological surveys and assessments all over the UK.
My surveys here focused on protected species and included investigations of great crested newts (gcn), badgers, bats, and reptiles. And my role required teamwork, as well as an understanding of current environmental legislation and species identification in the UK.
July to September 2018
Scuba Junkie Shark Education Awareness Survival (SEAS) Intern, Mabul, Malaysia
In my conservation role in Pulau Mabul, Malaysia I developed more knowledge about current local marine issues. My projects included helping to conduct marine surveys on turtles and sharks, as well as running coral regeneration projects, and helping to design conservation presentations.
We specifically focused on marine debris and conducted reef and beach clean-ups in order to help protect the marine environment adjacent to the island. We also focused on community engagement programs including waste management assistance and education programs to promote sustainability on the island. An element of this was providing instruction on how to construct and utilize Eco bricks.
May 2016 to February 2018
Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants UK
In my role as Seasonal and then Graduate Ecologist at Delta-Simons, I worked independently and as part of a team at times to perform a number of ecological surveys and assessments all over the UK.
My surveys focused on protected species and included investigations of gcn, water voles, badgers, bats, and reptiles. In addition, I performed Preliminary Ecological Assessments, as well as various translocation projects and a number of invasive species surveys.
June 2015 to August 2015
Operation Wallacea dissertation volunteer
I conducted field research on herpetofauna in Cusuco national park, Honduras for my dissertation project.
I learned important survey skills regarding amphibian and reptile surveys including daylight transects and night spotlight surveys. Other responsibilities included surveying chytrid infected anurans and identifying other herpetofauna.