College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Following a degree in Geography and with a growing interest in the impacts of anthropogenically related disturbances on the health and functioning of global ecosystems, I undertook further postgraduate studies, in Environmental Science. During both degrees I was actively involved in research, and the supervision of projects, relating to the monitoring and assessment of the health of mangrove and coral reef environments in Honduras.
My current research focuses on the development of palaeoecological records from turbid-zone coral reefs on the inner-shelf of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This PhD studentship is part of a larger NERC funded research project, in collaboration with James Cook University (Australia) and the Natural History Museum (London). The main objectives of my work are to establish high resolution palaeoecological (based on benthic foraminifera and coral community assemblages) and sedimentary baseline records against which modern ecological and environmental changes can be assessed.