I am a marine disease ecologist currently working on the BlueFish project at Swansea University. My work incorporates molecular techniques and fieldwork to investigate disease connectivity in the aquatic environment. This includes the ability to ‘track’ pathogens in the water column and into the host using eDNA approaches.
I completed my postdoc at the Reef Systems Unit, part of the Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where I studied the Caribbean spiny lobster. I investigated the relationship between habitat ecology and disease, including influences of vegetation, reef and biodiversity of invertebrate species.
My PhD at Swansea University, UK, aimed to discover more about the diseases which affect the European lobster and brown crab. In particular, I was interested in disease susceptibility, the effects of invasive species and how the implementation of Marine Conservation Zones may affect population health.
I love to travel and have managed to incorporate this into my studies, with collaborations in the USA and Canada.
If you wish to talk further about my work, or have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.