Current First Years
Standard studentship with associate partner: In collaboration with University of the Exeter + Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Shauna graduated from the University of Exeter in 2014 with a BSc in Biological Sciences. Her thesis investigated the microplastic contamination of the decapod C. Maenas, sparking her interest in marine chemical ecology. From here she worked as an Analytical Chemist analysing agricultural residues to produce reports on environmental impacts, before completing her MRes in Marine Biology (2020).
Merging her interests in analytical chemistry and marine biology she is now undertaking a PhD project investigating seaweed diseases supervised by Dr Michiel Vos (University of Exeter) and Dr Mahasweta Saha (Plymouth Marine Laboratory). Here she will be investigating chemically-mediated host-pathogen interactions to improve commercial seaweed production. Shauna’s research hopes to address the limited knowledge on this chemical language, including the antimicrobials used to reduce the settlement of opportunistic pathogens, the compositional changes of the microbiota, and whether chemical defence can be upregulated for commercial benefit.