Andrew has a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology from Aberystwyth University and is now studying for his MSc in Managing the Marine and Freshwater Environment, also at Aberystwyth. Andrew’s marine interests cover evolutionary biology, conservation and ecology; he is currently narrowing this towards intertidal and shallow water ecology. During his BSc he worked on a project that investigated the impacts of climate change upon the phenology of two congeneric limpets. The data obtained now contributes to the much wider ‘Euronads’ project, this collaborative project spans 14 partners from 8 countries and builds on the previous research of his supervisor, Dr Pippa Moore.
Now, for this MSc thesis, Andrew is working in the Falkland Islands and is supervised by Dr Pippa Moore (Aberystwyth University) and Dr Paul Brickle (South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute). This work, using data collected by the Shallow Marine Surveys Group, will analyse the species richness and percentage density coverage of 559 photo-quadrats. Analysing this data against the environmental conditions inherent to each site, such as salinity, depth, substrate and distance from kelp stipes, Andrew hopes to uncover the underlying determinant s of benthic ecology of the Falkland Islands . This project is especially exciting as it will contribute directly to baseline data which, in turn, will inform the Falkland Island Government’s environmental management strategies.