I graduated from Swansea University in 2016 with a BSc in Zoology. My final year project investigated the effects of infection by the parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium sp. on the behaviour of edible crabs (Cancer pagurus), providing me with an opportunity to study the dynamics of host-parasite interactions. In conjunction with a module on parasitology, this led me to develop a range of interests within the discipline. I am working towards an MSc in Medical Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in September 2017.
I am currently volunteering with the CRIPES team with two major roles. Firstly, I am assisting Numair Masud in his PhD work on the host-specific ectoparasite Gyrodactylus gasterostei that infects the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). This involves screening and monitoring Gyrodactylus infections, experimental infections, and RNA studies to investigate infection trajectories. Secondly, I am working with PhD student Katie Dunkley who is investigating the interactions between reef fish and two cleaner fish species within the coral reefs of Tobago. My input involved analysing videos of cleaning stations and recording data on the interactions observed of the range of client species.