Katie is a Fisheries Scientist working on the Pelagic Industry Data Self-sampling Project, as part of the wider EU ‘PANDORA’ project (www.pandora-fisheries-project.eu) which aims to improve the data basis for fish stock assessments in European waters. As part of the self-sampling project Katie is working with the fishing industry to develop data collection methods which will provide high-quality data to inform science and management. This includes working with the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA) and pelagic fishing vessels to develop methods for crews to self-sample catches of herring, mackerel and blue whiting.
Katie graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science in 2006. After graduating, she spent time working in the UK with the Devon Wildlife Trust, and in Tanzania working on a scientific research project investigating coral reefs, the intertidal habitat and local exploitation of intertidal species. Following a return to the UK and the University of Plymouth, Katie completed her master’s degree in Applied Marine Science in 2010. Her research project was a study of an inshore cuttlefish fishery in Devon, investigating spawning areas from the fishermen’s perspective and the potential for utilising artificial egg laying structures.
Katie then worked as a marine biologist for the British Antarctic Survey, based at the King Edward Point research station on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. In this role she carried out work on the three species which are the focus of South Georgia’s commercial fisheries – krill, mackerel icefish and Patagonian toothfish. Following her work with BAS, Katie began her PhD with the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (based in the Falkland Islands) and the University of Aberdeen. The focus of her PhD research was the reproductive ecology of Patagonian toothfish at South Georgia, utilising fisheries data to address key knowledge gaps.
On completion of her PhD Katie took part in the 2018 BAS-CEFAS science survey around Tristan da Cunha and St Helena, as part of an inter-disciplinary team carrying out science to support and inform on fisheries and marine biodiversity. Shortly after her return to the UK, Katie moved to Shetland to begin her present position at the NAFC.