I studied Oceanography at the University of Southampton. Ocean physics captured my attention and I was awarded the integrated masters (MSci) in 2013. For my dissertation, I used NEMO hindcast data with the ARINAE particle tracking algorithm, to understand how the transport of radioactive Iodine around the northwest European shelf seas is modulated by the North Atlantic Oscillation.
Between 2013 and 2016, I took some time out of academia to work at Knowtra, a metocean consultancy. Here I worked on ROMS (Regional Ocean Modelling System) models and SWAN (Simulating Waves Nearshore) models primarily for port development purposes in West Africa. Scientific equipment budgets in West Africa are less substantial than the UK so part of the work involved building and programming semi-disposable, basic data logging devices to measure temperature, salinity, turbidity and atmospheric conditions. For the purposes of safe ship navigation, I also produced tidal diamonds from ADCP data for use on nautical charts.
Starting in 2016, I’m working on a PhD in Physical Oceanography titled "How does the seasonal sea ice impact ocean stratification and mean flow?". This is a collaborative project between Université de Bretagne Occidentale (University of West Brittany) and Bangor University and is funded by the UK-France PhD program managed by Dstl (Defence, Science and Technology Laboratories) and DGA (Direction générale de l'armement).
Arctic sea ice is becoming seasonal, with potential impacts on the stratification and the mean flow in the seasonal marginal ice zone such as the Barents Sea. The aim of this project is to use satellite observations supplemented with 1D and 3D models to describe and quantify the seasonal cycle of the circulation and stratification in these regions.