Professional background

In between my studies I was employed at the Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia (internship), the Plant Health Directorate and the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department in Malta. In the latter, my job was coordination of collection of biological data on the Maltese fishing stocks, data analysis, sampling design and international coordination. 

Academic background

I completed a B. Sc. (Hons) in Biology and Chemistry in 2011 at the University of Malta where in my final year I studied benthic macrofauna and how they are affected by the hypersaline affluent of desalination plants with Dr Joseph A. Borg. I got an M. Sc. in Quantitative Methods in Conservation, Biodiversity and Epidemiology in 2014 from the University of Glasgow, this was predominantly a taught course; for a research project I modelled movement of Atlantic cod between habitat patches under the supervision of Dr Shaun Killen and Prof Jason Matthiopoulos.

Research interests

My research interests for my PhD project are the diversity, biomass and distribution of fish and zooplankton in the Hudson Bay system with a focus on the effects of climate change and of the large volume of freshwater that flows into the Hudson Bay.

Ongoing research projects

Biodiversity, distribution and biomass of fish and zooplankton in the Hudson Bay sub-arctic ecosystem. Effect of climate change on fish distribution.