"With my anxiety, I let it start to take over to the point that it was impacting my ability to give presentations and be the best version of myself and letting it be my excuse, which wasn’t OK. So if this is something you struggle with, do seek help because it won’t go away easily or in a timely fashion on its own."
"Many people who live in inland communities don’t realize they depend on and impact the oceans. Through my research interests on plastic pollution and marine debris, I’m able to relate their everyday decisions (whether or not to use a plastic straw or to bring your own reusable coffee cup) to large scale impacts on the oceans (plastic debris polluting shorelines, microplastic ingestion by endangered and/or commercially valuable seafood species, etc.)."
"Visiting extreme and isolated marine environments such as the Antarctic, knowing that you’re seeing a part of the seafloor that no one has ever seen before or a species that no one has ever described it pretty exciting."
"Overcoming the stress of exams and coursework whether during GCSEs, A levels or University is a challenge a lot of people can relate to! I’ve never felt like I can just sail through exams without much work so I have always put a lot of hours into understanding the work and trying to get it right – and sometimes I’ve completely missed the mark as to what I should’ve been doing! Luckily I have had a great support system in my family, friends and University staff who has supported, guided and sometimes forced me to take a break and step back from the stress (a really important part!)."
"Going to sea is fantastically exciting (especially my last cruise, to the Southern Ocean, with icebergs, whales and penguins)! I love problem solving, and figuring out something no-one else knew before. "
" When you go out into the field, all you have to do is close your eyes and listen to the ocean and you'll have your answer as to why it is a great career choice."
"A career in marine science is a great option because you get to work in the most incredible places and there’s a lot of variety and interdisciplinarity, I love that you can do both field work and computer work while meeting the coolest and best people."
"I believe the future is bright for aspiring female scientists but I think there is still a long way to go. I think it’s really important to engage girls early on in their life, and expose them to all the amazing opportunities they have."
"I grew up in Houston, where the oceans are typically conceptualized more for their economic value than they are for their beauty and biodiversity. I’ve been met with skepticism for my desire to become a marine biologist since I first expressed it in elementary school."
"Be bold and tenacious and above all, make your own luck. It’s a competitive field and sacrifices and hard work will be required along the way. It’s not an easy or particularly lucrative career but it’s highly rewarding and for me that outweighs the bad bits."