International Seabed Authority Regional Environmental Assessment for the Northwest Pacific. Contributing to the coordination, drafting, and editing of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Regional Environmental Assessment (REA) for the Northwest Pacific. Working with all authors to produce a full draft of the REA to inform the first ISA workshop held to support the process of developing an ISA Regional Environmental Management Plan (REMP) for the Northwest Pacific. Responsible for presenting this work at the ISA Northwest Pacific REMP workshop and addressing comments from workshop participants in the subsequent update of the REA. 2020 – 2021.
EU Blue Harvesting Project (Hydraulic Collector for Polymetallic Nodules from the Deepsea, European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT Raw Materials Project. ID: 18138). Contributor to the project proposal, main contributions to Work Package 6: Environmental impact evaluation and guidelines. Work includes providing environmental advice and exploring options for minimising environmental impacts through equipment design. Responsible for co-ordinating workshops and providing written contributions to reports. 2019 – 2021. https://blueharvesting-project.eu/
EU iAtlantic Project (Horizon 2020 Project: Integrated Assessment of Atlantic Marine Ecosystems in Space and Time. ID: 818123). Contributor to the project proposal, project started June 2019. http://www.iatlantic.eu/
Atlantic REMP Project (Areas of particular environmental interest in the Atlantic: EASME/EMFF/2017/019). Member of the core project team and contributor to the project proposal. Work includes close collaboration with the ISA. Responsible for coordinating, editing, and making technical contributions to the Biology Chapters of the Regional Environmental Assessment; drafting the stakeholder analysis; co-convening workshops; co-facilitating two ISA Informal Working Groups on Cumulative Impacts; and leading reports and scientific publications. 2018 – 2021.
Commonwealth Secretariat Blue Charter: Sustainable Blue Economy Action Group. Preparation of the background document to inform the discussions of the Sustainable Blue Economy Action Group. Preparation of an overview of available training materials on Blue Economy topics and drafting case studies demonstrating successes and lessons-learned from Blue Economy initiatives. Participation in the Blue Charter Webinar ‘The Blue View – Opportunities and Challenges for the Blue Economy’ as a speaker and panellist. 2019 – 2020.
EU ATLAS Project (Horizon 2020 Project: A Trans-AtLantic Assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based Spatial management plan for Europe. ID: 678760). Contributor to Work Package 7: Policy integration to inform key arrangements. Led collective responses to policy and obtained industry perspectives from Blue Economy sectors on scientific and technological developments. Co-lead for the Industry Perspectives on Blue Growth Study, obtaining industry perspectives through structured interviews, questionnaires, and workshops. Provide written contributions to reports and led publications. 2018 – 2020. https://www.eu-atlas.org/
EU Blue Nodules Project (Horizon 2020 Project: Breakthrough Solutions for the Sustainable Harvesting and Processing of Deep Sea Polymetallic Nodules. ID: 688975). Contributed to multiple work packages to provide science-policy advice. Assessed the potential environmental impacts of deep-sea nodule mining and explored options for minimising impacts through equipment and process design. Led the Environmental Impact Assessment for future testing of the pre-prototype nodule collector. 2018 – 2020. https://blue-nodules.eu/
Canadian Healthy Oceans Network II (CHONeII). Joined the project as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, conducted research on the project ‘Implementing a functional trait approach to the risk assessment framework of an MPA’. Collected deep-sea benthic samples from the Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Marine Protected Area (MPA), sorted samples under microscope, determined functional traits, and conducted functional traits analyses. Responsible for leading and contributing to publications, presenting results at conferences, and participation in the Synthesis Centre of Biodiversity Sciences (sDiv) sFDvent Working Group. 2016 – 2018. https://chone2.ca/
Deep-sea mining of the Kermadec Arc – Geophysical prospectivity and environmental impacts (CO1X0702). Joined the project as a PhD student. Conducted research on the ecological impacts of mining at seafloor massive sulfide deposits on megafaunal assemblage structure and population connectivity. Analysed deep-sea video footage of seamount fauna and potential mine sites to determine the distribution and structure of benthic assemblages. Collected deep-sea benthic samples, extracted, and processed genetic material, and conducted population genetics analyses. Led and contributed to publications and reports, presented results at conferences, and co-convened workshops. Project funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (formerly the Foundation for Research Science and Technology). 2012 – 2015.
Synthesis of Systematic Resources (SYNTHESYS Grant: SE-TAF-2157). Principle Investigator on a short project with Dr Sabine Stöhr to conduct research on the taxonomy of deep-sea brittlestars at the Swedish Natural History Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Used Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and traditional taxonomic analysis to compare the morphology of two ophiuroid co-geners, Ophiolimna antarctica and Ophiolimna bairdi. Responsible for successful grant application, taxonomic analyses and leading publications. https://www.synthesys.info/access.htm. 2012.
Chemosynthetic Ecosystems in the Southern Ocean (ChEsSo), field programme of the Census of Marine Life. Joined the project as an undergraduate research intern, went on to conduct a MSci research project. Catalogued deep-sea specimens and analysed video transects from Kemp Caldera in the Southern Ocean (undergraduate research intern); conducted image analysis, reproductive histology, and gut content analysis to determine the distribution, population structure, reproduction and diet of Ophiolimna antarctica from Kemp Caldera (MSci research project). 2010 – 2012.