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Biography

I graduated with a BSc (first class honours) from the University of Portsmouth in 2008 receiving the Ocean Science International Project prize for my dissertation on the use of novel sediment tracing techniques for better understanding transport mechanisms of sediment plumes in the dredging industry. I then gained professional experience working as an Environmental Scientist/Impact Assessor focusing on sediment tracing projects using a range of field-based oceanographic techniques as well as the monitoring, assessing and reporting on issues relating to Water Quality.


I then returned to the University of Portsmouth to manage the Physical Geography laboratory facility. Whilst working at the university I undertook a part-time doctoral study titled 'Geomorphic process mechanisms and quantification of storm-induced intertidal boulder transport using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging technology' which was completed in 2020. During my time at the University of Portsmouth I have also taught as a part-time lecturer and Teaching Fellow (seconded post).    

Research Interests

I am primarily a Coastal Geomorphologist whose research focuses on the role of contemporary storm waves in modifying coastal landscapes, with an emphasis on the mobilisation of boulder-sized clasts. This interest arose following my involvement in data collection of tsunami boulder deposits in Malta. I am currently involved in collaborative research with colleagues at the University of Trieste and the University of Malta to quantify boulder transport resulting from contemporary storm activity using a range of field data collection techniques including the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's) and Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tagging.
 
Additionally, I have research interests in the following areas:
  • Water quality, wastewater treatment & urban drainage
  • Microplastic pollution
  • Rock weathering & decay
  • Engineered enhancements to promote biodiversity
  • Marine Resources & Sustainability (aquaculture/fishing & aggregate extraction)
 
Teaching Responsibilities

I have delivered BSc and MSc taught content and contributed to the following modules:
  • Coastal Physical Processes
  • Image Processing and Spatial Data Analysis
  • Marine Ecology & Oceanography
  • Sustainable Environmental Management
  • Managing and Measuring Environmental impacts
  • Environmental Change
  • Research Design and Data Analysis
  • Practical Fieldwork Skills
  • Academic Communication Skills (tutorial)
  • Independent Study (supervision)
  • MSc GIS dissertation (supervision)
  • PhD supervision

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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