I am a behavioural ecologist who specialises in marine mammals. Prior to working as a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University I spent many years based at the University of Hawai'i, working with Prof. Lou Herman. While there I gained both my Masters Degree and my PhD in humpback whale behaviour and ecology. In addition to conducting extensive field research into humpback whale behaviour and biology with the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory, I contributed to the undergraduate teaching programmes at the University of Hawai'i.
Here at Edinburgh Napier University I teach students on several degree courses including Animal & Conservation Biology, Marine & Freshwater Biology, Environmental Biology, and Animal Biology. I am the module leader for Animal Behaviour and Advances in Animal Behaviour and teach on a variety of other modules including Practical Biology 3 (leading the Statistics Skills element), Marine Biology, Life of Mammals, Advances in Aquatic Sciences and Dissertation & Statistics in addition to supervising both Hons and MSc student research projects. I serve on the School of Applied Sciences Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee and the School of Applied Sciences Quality Committee.