Ever since I was very young I have been fascinated by the ocean. Annual family trips to Cornwall and Wales rewarded me with a host of activities related to the shore and coastline. From rock pooling to wildlife boat trips, and swimming to surfing, the draw of the sea has always been strong for me.
My proudest moment has to be when I was offered a job with ARC Marine as an Assistant Ecologist – with them offering to support my masters thesis. It is such a large role which has opened to door to so many opportunities such as presenting, filming and research publications. That feeling of seeing my name as a co-author was so thrilling, because I couldn’t believe that was me.
A passion for eco-engineering
I hope my research can pave the way for the inclusion of nature-inclusive designs within coastal policy. If we can unify global approaches to nature-inclusive design we can make a space for nature, while protecting coastal communities from the hazards of coastal erosion and rising sea-levels.
A future of nature-inclusive design
My true goal is to make nature-inclusive designs a viable alternative to grey infrastructure strategies, which can be incorporated within national and international policies, to promote marine biodiversity within coastal strategies.