Staff Profile profile for graeps
Graham is a PhD student, supervised by Dr Dan Smale and Professor Steve Hawkins, researching the ecology and impacts of the invasive kelp Undaria pinnatifida (Wakame) in coastal habitats of the UK. Wakame is native to areas of the North-west Pacific, but has been accidentally introduced to temperate areas worldwide. Experiments will include a combination of field surveys, long term manipulations of seaweed communities and more controlled investigations in marinas and the laboratory. His work is funded through the NERC SPTIFIRE DTP at University of Southampton and is based full time at the MBA. Before starting at the MBA, Graham spent the last two years working for Scottish Natural Heritage, contributing to policy, advice, and the survey and monitoring of marine protected areas in Scotland. He also spent a year working in the tropics, at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire; an undergraduate study abroad centre and research station in the Dutch Caribbean. Graham has a BSc in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc in Marine Ecology & Environmental Management from Queen Mary, University of London.