What is your current Job Title or Role?
Scallop hatchery technician
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Stay focused on your end goal and network. Don’t be afraid to email or contact academics / personnel currently working in the field you wish to pursue for advice!
How did you get to where you are today?
Since being little, I have always had an interest in the oceans. I studied marine biology at Plymouth university where I was able to participate in a 6 month internship in Malaysia culturing giant clams for conservation. This lead me to be interested in the culture process of bivalves so I completed a masters in Sustainable aquaculture systems before applying to my current position.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
Each day varies. The end goal is so successfully culture the King Scallop - pecten maximus within a hatchery which hasn’t been achieved in the UK yet. Each day includes algae culture, feeding love algae, algae cell counts, tank cleaning and general husbandry, health checks, water chemistry and research.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
I’ve always spent a lot of time at the beaches growing up. Rock pools were definitely something that initially got me interested in the ocean.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The research aspect is really interesting - I’m very driven by the end goal. If successful, we will be directly contributing to the conservation of a local species as-well as creating a sustainable fishery.
What do you like to do outside work?
I’m a keen beach comer and often collect glass/ pottery from the coasts to compliment my sea life illustration work with my partner. I also enjoy pole fitness!