Cat Wilding, BSc, MRes

Senior Research Assistant

Cat Wilding

I’m a marine ecologist with 6 years’ of research experience in seaweed cultivation, ecology, and restoration, and >15 years’ working with a broader marine research and conservation remit. I currently work as a Senior Research Assistant in the Benthic Ecosystems and Environmental Change group supervised by Dr. Dan Smale. My research focusses optimising seaweed farming in the UK, and qualifying the ecosystem services (e.g. habitat and CO2 draw down) provided by seaweed farms, for which I work closely with industry partners. I also support a dynamic research group of 12 scientists though my work as a scientific diver, commercially endorsed skipper, and extensive rocky shore field experience.

I hold a Master’s in Research degree in Marine Biology, and have previously worked for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the National Lobster Hatchery. I’m passionate about marine conservation, sustainable resource management, and improved marine stewardship. I aim to contribute towards these goals by showcasing how fascinating and important marine ecosystems are.