Key Skills

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Ecological Census Techniques

  • Marine mammal observation (land and sea based)
  • Marine environment (substrate, fish and invertebrate) sampling with Scuba and snorkelling. Techniques include the use of photo, video and in-water data collection via quadrats , line intercept transects,  point transects, band transects, timed transects, plotless methods, point census, random search and rapid appraisal.
  • Marine plankton trapping using light-traps and lab analysis
  • Water sampling collection for contaminant testing
  • Intertidal and terrestrial fauna sampling using small mammal trapping, mark-recapture (birds), pitfall traps, light traps, sweep netting, bat detection
  • Intertidal and terrestrial flora sampling using quadrats, line transects, and extended JNCC Phase 1 & 2 surveys
  • Laboratory analysis of plankton samples


Quantitative Analysis

  • Spatial Software: ArcGIS and Maptool
  • Statistical and Mathematical Packages: R; SPSS; Matlab
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Powerpoint, Access)
  • Financial Platforms: Mambo, IMMS, Mosaic, Phoenix


Habitat Restoration/Maintenance Skills

  • Invasive species control and removal
  • Scrub clearance
  • Species identification (primarily intertidal flora and fauna, coral reefs, birds, and terrestrial plants)
  • Woodland replanting
  • Human-impact reduction mechanisms including footpath creation and repair and wicker fence construction
  • Bird and bat box construction


Management Skills

  • Staff: training, queries and problem solving, monitoring of progress, skills-to-work matching
  • Project assessment and report writing
  • Liaison, information dissemination and outreach with upper management levels, work colleagues, Government, NGOs, and the public
  • Handling change and adapting to new situation
  • Presenting a strong, professional, and positive image


Stakeholder Liaison

  • Effective communication with clients, colleagues and outside organizations and individuals. Experience ranges from close teamwork, to organizing festivals, and team management
  • Public liaison.  Experience includes dealing with “difficult customers” and enforcement, to helping members of the public to overcome difficulties, negotiations between bodies and/or individuals.
  • Public/NGO/Government outreach.  Experience ranges from presentations, educational workshops, creation of outreach documents, and media interviews.



  • Able to relate well to others and establish good working relationships
  • Working closely with colleagues for effective team projects and presentations
  • Supporting colleagues
  • Completing work to a high standard in a timely manner


Administrative Skills

  • Report writing and project assessment
  • Time management and forward planning, including preparation for ‘unforeseen circumstances’
  • Working off own initiative to multi-task and prioritize


The Scientist/Academic (Overview)


Professional Development

Academic Writing and Research

Awards and Commendations

Society Membership