All throughout primary school and my further six years of secondary school teaching, I was adamant that I was going to study marine science in college and sure enough I got accepted to do my Bachelors of Marine Science at the University of Galway, Ireland. During my time at the university, I took part in modules covering a wide range of topics including aquatic botany, palaeontology, aquatic geochemistry, vertebrate/invertebrate ecology as well as various microbiology modules. Continuing with my interest in marine mammals, I wrote my bachelor’s thesis on the overlap between marine mammal diversity hotspots and areas of tidal resource potential around Ireland. My four-year degree provided me with valuable lab experience as well as experience with scientific writing and using software such as QGIS and Excel. During my time at university, I also had the chance to take part in a module where we made a scientific short film which had the aim of educating the public on a palaeontology topic. Doing this module sparked an interest in documentary and voice-over work and has made me consider that as a possible career path.
Finding out that I would be travelling to South Africa to do an internship with Marine Dynamics was a dream come true for me. This internship will be providing me with hands-on experience in the marine science industry.