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Godalming College (2006-2008), Bangor University (2008-Present)
A levels in Chemistry, Geography and Environmental Science, a degree in Ocean Science and a Masters in Environmental Chemistry
My work hasn’t always been science. Throughout my education I’ve done a lot of part time work in cafes! I love coffee and cake so it was ideal!
I’m studying for a PhD at the moment, which is basically learning how to be a good Scientist
Favourite thing to do in my job: My favourite thing in science is discovering something new! It’s really exciting when you find something that no-one else in the world has ever known.
With the help of some of the worlds most powerful X-rays, I look at how seawater behaves at really cold temperatures
Seawater has lots of salts in it, which you’ve probably realised from the taste of it when you swim in the sea. When you freeze seawater to make salty ice cubes (not recommended for drinks), the salts inside it behave in really interesting ways, and make frozen seawater VERY different to just your normal ice cubes.
When seawater freezes in the ocean, it is known as sea ice. The Arctic Ocean (Near the North Pole) is covered in sea ice all year, but at the moment scientists have found that it is melting really quickly due to global warming!
By researching how frozen seawater behaves using X-rays that are 100,000 times more powerful than the ones used in hospitals, I hope to find out how sea ice might change in the future as our planet gets warmer and warmer.
My Typical Day
Scientists don’t normally have a ‘typical’. I find myself all over the place doing all sorts different exciting things
As far as a job goes, I can’t think of many more interesting and exciting than being a scientist. There are always so many different things to do that there isn’t much of a typical day at all. Sometimes I might spend the day reading and writing, on others I may be in the lab using lots of exciting chemicals and machines, and sometimes I might be across the other side of the world meeting other scientists to learn and discuss new ideas.
There’s always lots to do, and I never find myself bored or watching the clock. Being a scientist is great fun!
What I'd do with the prize money
I’d like to set up a live web-cam in one of the big fish tanks at the Anglesey Sea Zoo
Anglesey Sea Zoo is a local aquarium just down the road from where I work. It has all sorts of amazing sea creatures from around Britain, so everything you see there could be found around the coastline of England, Wales and Scotland! The aquarium is a really great display of the weird and wonderful wildlife that Britain has.
I would like to use to money to set up a live web-cam at the Sea Zoo that anyone could watch online at any time of day. From the webcam you would be able to watch what is going on inside one of the most exciting fish tanks that they have there, which includes loads of sharks, sea bass, spider crabs, and big rays!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Easy-going, focused, and creative
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Skiing half way down a mountain in Switzerland to take samples of the snow
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I’ve loved surfing since I was a teenager, and this made me really interested in the ocean, fish and waves. I soon realised that waves were a bit too complicated for me (too many equations), and that I didn’t like the smell of fish… so I settled on becoming an ocean chemist!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I once squished a worm in my teachers book when I was 7. I learnt my lesson though and didn’t really get into trouble after that.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A baker in France… I love making (and eating) bread, and I love France.
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What's your favourite food?
A good sandwich
What is the most fun thing you've done?
cycling in the French Alps
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I wish the weather was nicer in North Wales (where I work), I wish I was the worlds best mathematician, and I wish that I could come back in 1,000 years time and see what scientists have discovered
Tell us a joke.
Why can’t you trust atoms?…… because they make up everything