I first fell in love with zoological sciences after quickly devouring Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’ whilst serving on the modern (and presently last) incarnation of the HMS Beagle.
I then studied zoology at the University of Leeds (BSc in Zoology) and after a short stint in a marine biology taxonomy lab at Hull University I moved to Bangor University to complete a PhD on the behavioural ecology of cichlid fish, focusing on aggressive behaviour by males and females.
I am interested in areas of sexual selection, such as alternative mating strategies, intra-sexual competition and the reproductive/social behvaiour of coleoid cephalopods.
I have a great deal of experience in controlled laboratory behaviour experiments and aquatic field work, having dived many times in the UK (and abroad) and spent a good deal of time in Lake Malawi collecting fish and observational data.
As someone who works with captive aquatic animals I am an advocate for captive aquatic animal welfare, holding numerous professional certificates in captive animal welfare and husbandry (including birds, mammals and reptiles).