Working towards thriving coasts, seas and coastal communities across the UK.
Emily is a marine conservation specialist and is currently working with a number of local and national organisations as an independent consultant. Much of her recent work has been in the development of pioneering projects, campaigns and digital communications that engage people with our coasts and seas. To date, Emily has secured over £350,000 in development funding for conservation/engagement projects worth £5.6m.
Emily is a knowledgeable ocean advocate and educator, as comfortable speaking to a school group as to a TV crew or the Secretary of State for the Environment. She has appeared on national TV & radio and in various magazines discussing the marine issues of the day. See her recent Sky News interview here.
Alongside her consultancy, Emily is an independent researcher with interests in citizen science and public perceptions of the marine environment. She shares her marine science adventures on Marine Biology Life.
Key Achievements & Recent Work
- Published new research on UK humpback whales with all data collected by volunteers. This research reported on the first ever match of a UK humpback whale to their Arctic feeding grounds and suggests that British seas act as a migratory stopover/alternative destination for migrating humpback whales. Read Emily’s paper, published in Marine Biodiversity Records, here.
- Led a marine ecology field course in Indonesia
Emily delivered lectures and led surveys covering the ecology and conservation of coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses and sea turtles.
- Developed a major new conservation project on the Dee Estuary, aiming to protect and celebrate rare/undervalued wildlife and habitats
Emily was commissioned to support project development, advise on stakeholder/community consultation and to write the (successful) Stage 1 funding bid. The project was awarded £101,400 development funding in late 2018 and is now progressing towards a full application of around £500,000. Emily is now a professional advisor to the development team. Read the announcement here, including a quote from Emily.
- Developed the UK’s first marine Landscape Partnership Scheme, a £5m programme of marine conservation, education and heritage projects in North East England.
Emily led the programme development process, securing match funding and writing the successful Stage 1 application. She was an advisor to the Partnership Board and contributed significantly to the documentation for the full Stage 2 bid. This pioneering scheme was awarded £2.78m funding in March 2020, see here.
- In 2018: Emily worked on a national campaign for more and better managed Marine Conservation Zones, wrote the marine content for a national NGO’s new website, completed a regional review of evidence for Natural England and developed a major new conservation project.
- Co-led research expeditions to Sicily and the Azores to collect samples for the study of population genetics of Bottlenose Dolphins and Yellowmouth Barracuda.
- In 2018, Emily presented her work at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo) and at the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference in Newcastle (England).