So, who runs this joint?
Haley Dolton (BSc)
I graduated with a Biology degree in 2011 from Oxford Brookes University. I have always had a keen interest in sharks and I landed my dream job working for the Oxford Museum of Natural History cataloguing their Elasmobranch section. I also began volunteering for several NGO’s and charities at the same time.
At one point I was volunteering for four different organisations! Although exhausting, it gave me plenty of experience in analysing data, designing projects, writing technical reports and field identification skills.
It also made it clear in my mind that I wanted to specialise in the role of genetics of populations with an emphasis on phenotypic plasticity and mtDNA evolutionary relationships on practical conservation strategies. These are two areas I feel will have an ever-increasing importance in conservation of endangered populations and it’s something I’d like to pursue to help protect the unique Manx marine environment.
Becca Crow (BSC)
After completing my degree, I soon began to realise the importance of having both qualifications and experience if I was to pursue my passion for marine biology and it was whilst working for several charities and NGO’s, I built up a repertoire of practical and theoretical skills useful to my chosen career.
These posts have not only given me the experience of evaluating the need for and implementing practical management and conservation solutions, but have continued to add to the skills I developed at Uni, including project design, data collection, statistical analysis, report writing and management evaluation.
There are so many topic areas that I am interested in, way more than I can mention here.... but if my hand is forced, then I would have to say that I am keen to employ multidisciplinary tools such as biogeographical techniques to examine spatial and temporal patterns of biological distribution in Manx waters. This will allow any local population and dispersal patterns to be better understood and managed. Additionally, I am interested in the evolutionary basis and ecological pressures that may help to explain current observed behavioural patterns of local marine organisms.
I feel both these disciplines have great usefulness and application in a practical conservation setting and hold countless potential for understanding and protecting the Manx marine environment and its inhabitants further.