I graduated with a degree in zoology from the University of Bristol. My education in zoology continued during my MRes at Cardiff University, where my research interests in aquatic ecosystems and aquatic parasitology were piqued under the tutelage Prof. Jo Cable. My MRes research focussed on sexual selection and mate choice in guppies. Having experienced research in the ethology of freshwater species, I shifted gear towards aquatic parasitology. Prof. Jo Cable and I developed a PhD project, collaborating with Dr Chris Williams at the Environment Agency at Brampton, and Dr Amy Ellison, which endeavours to investigate the emergence of new fish pathogens and develop novel techniques for studying infection trajectories and the detection of gyrodactylids.
Location: Cardiff School of Biosciences, The Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Proposed research topic: Investigating the emergence of new fish pathogens
This PhD will investigate the virulence and pathology of fish pathogens, while developing new methods for their detection. Specifically, the research will focus on monogenean gyrodactylids, including a potentially emerging infectious disease, Gyrodactylus sprostonae which infects carp and Gyrodactylus gasterostei, which is a common ectoparasite of the three-spined stickleback .