I studied Zoology at Cardiff University, where I developed a broad interest in ecology, and a specific interest in parasitology. I undertook a Professional Training Year at Llysdinam Field Centre where I assisted PhD students with their research into amphibian phenology, biomass crops and biodiversity in willow crops, as well as assisting with the day-to-day running of the centre. I undertook a personal research project investigating the effect of next box parasites on blue tit productivity. My final year project was under the supervision of Prof. Jo Cable and looked at various aspects of gyrodactylid biology on a number of tropical fish hosts.
I graduated in 2007 and since then have mostly been working in University administration, apart from a very brief foray into secondary teaching (which I quickly realised wasn’t the career for me!). I decided last year that I wanted to return to science and research. I was awarded the Morgan E Williams Helminthology Scholarship to study for an MRes in Biosciences at Cardiff University. My current MRes research project is on branchiobdellidans on signal crayfish. Little is known of these ectosymbiotic worms, which allows great scope for me to investigate various aspects of their taxonomy, life-history, and relationship with their crayfish hosts. Following my MRes I hope to study for a PhD in order to follow a career in academic research.
James J, Cable J, Davidson K, Richardson G and Mackie ASY. (2015). Two alien species of Branchiobdellida (Annelida) new to the British Isles: a morphological and molecular study. Aquatic Invasions 10: 371-383.doi/10.3391/ai.2015.10.4.02
James J, Davidson K, Richardson G, Grimstead C., Cable J. (2015). Reduced agression and foraging efficiency of invasive signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) infested with non-native Branchiobdellidans (Annelida:Clitellata). Parasites & Vectors 8:596 doi:10.1186/s13071-015-1199-1.