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Overview

Marine biologist, skilled in coral reef monitoring, reef restoration techniques and identification of tropical marine species.

Area of academic expertise - outline

I have extensive research experience on marine ecosytems with a focus on coral reef habitats. I have in depth identification skills in regards to corals, coral diseases, coral fish, algae and tropical marine invertebrates. I have several years of experience in underwater visual censues and hold a PADI Divemaster scuba-diving license.  I also have spent several years refining my training and education skills through a variety of projects such as conducting educational fieldtrips with school children, creating online training modules on sutainable fishing for academics, leading groups of scientific volunteers and lecturing and supervising undergraduate students as part of my PhD.

Current research activities

As a Ph.D. student at the University of the West of Scotland, I am currently conducting research on the effects of coral reef restoration on tropical fish communities. My research takes place on the MARS large-scale coral reef restoration project in Indonesia (Sulawesi). As part of the rehabilitation, thousands of coral fragments have been grown and attached to manmade metal frames which have been placed over regions of damaged reef. I have been monitoring the recolonization of coral fish by conducting over 200 underwater surveys on the coral frames and capturing over 400 hours of video footage with remote go-pro cameras to track predatory fish species. My research will give us a better understanding of important ecological processes on restored reefs.

Target collaborative companies

MARS Inc, MARS Sustainable Solutions, Waltham Centre For Pet Nutrition

Target collaborative organisations

Florida International University, Hasanuddin University, University of Exeter, University of Rhode Island

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Sutainable Fishing Practices, Fisheries Ecolabelling, Community Outreach

External positions

Marine Project Scientist, Coral Cay Conservation

Dec 2015Jun 2016

Training and Peer Review College Officer, Marine Stewardship Council

Nov 2014Dec 2015

Environmental Educator and Aquarium Technician, Centre of Environmental Initiatives for the Lérins Islands

Jul 2014Oct 2014

Intern, Brijuni National Park and Marine Protected Area

Apr 2014Jun 2014

Keywords

  • QL Zoology
  • Marine Science
  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology
  • Coral Reefs
  • Fish
  • Fisheries
  • Identification
  • Environment
  • Survey

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Activities 2018 2019

  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition
  • 1 Invited talk

UWS Super Science Festival

Phillip Cowie (Presenter), Kath Sloman (Presenter), Mhairi Alexander (Presenter), Marie Seraphim (Presenter), Guillermo Bardera (Presenter)
Feb 2019

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

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Invited talk: The re-establishment of fish assemblages on restored coral reefs. Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia

Mhairi Alexander (Invited speaker), Marie Seraphim (Invited speaker), Kath Sloman (Invited speaker)
2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

UWS Learning, Teaching & Research Conference 2018

Marie Seraphim (Speaker), Mhairi Alexander (Participant), Noel Janetski (Participant), Donna Snellgrove (Participant), Jamaluddin Jompa (Participant), Rohani Ambo Rappe (Participant), Alastair Harborne (Participant), Kath Sloman (Participant)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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STEM for Britain Poster Competition, House of Commons, UK Parliament

Marie Seraphim (Speaker), Mhairi Alexander (Participant), Noel Janetski (Participant), Donna Snellgrove (Participant), Jamaluddin Jompa (Participant), Rohani Ambo Rappe (Participant), Alastair Harborne (Participant), Kath Sloman (Participant)
13 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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