Current Group Members
I am an ecologist with a specialty in invasive species biology, control and management. I completed all my tertiary education at the University of Southampton and I have a Masters in Environmental Science and an M. Phil. in Ocean and Earth Sciences. My main research interest has been conducting an ecological and socio-economic analysis of the lionfish invasion within the Caribbean over the last 8 years. My work has concentrated on understanding lionfish feeding ecology since monitoring their diet and any changes over time will be the best way to predict their impact on local industries.
My other research experience includes long term monitoring of algal and coral phase shifts in Bonaire, using biological indicators to assess water quality; assessing the distribution and impact of marine debris on British coastlines; and also designing an Environmental Management System for the Southampton City Council. I have also assisted with research on bats, sea turtles, sharks and numerous coral reef based projects throughout the Caribbean.
In addition to research, I enjoy education and outreach activities. At CIEE Research Station Bonaire, I served as the primary instructor for the Tropical Marine Conservation Biology course and as a co-instructor on the Independent Research course, and as a Teaching Assistant on Advanced SCUBA, Coral Reef Ecology and the Marine Ecology Field Research Methods courses. I also served as the Outreach Coordinator at CIEE where I supported the STINAPA Junior Rangers program, conducted and coordinated workshops with local and visiting groups as well as the Public Lecture series.
Past Group Members
I am an evolutionary biologist and ecologist. I am interested in the diversity of life. Why is life so abundant? What are the processes that structure this abundance in space and time?
This allows me a diverse range of pursuits.
At the University of the West Indies I worked with Dr Amy Deacon on the behavioural ecology of invasive species, using the guppy as a model system.
In my other work I have used morphology and morphometrics to detect speciation (BSc Zoology, University College London) and to estimate the losses in functional diversity that future extinctions may cause (MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London).
In September 2017, Jarome left our group and embarked on a PhD programme at Princeton, in the Stoddard lab. We continue to collaborate with Jarome, and wish him all the best with his postgraduate studies!