Miss Jessica Stephenson
I did my first degree at Oxford University. For my undergraduate research project, ‘Age-dependant spatiotemporal utilisation of seagrass by reef fish’, I described the diel migrations of reef and seagrass fish in a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Honduras. On graduating, I continued this project and am working towards publishing the results. I then travelled to Chile to volunteer on a DEFRA funded project ‘Reducing the impact of exotic aquaculture on Chilean aquatic biodiversity’ studying the interactions between native and introduced fish species. Part of this project focussed on the role of chemical communication in this system in collaboration with Professor Kate Whitlock at the University of Valparaíso, Chile. I developed an MSc project with Kate and Professor Julian Partridge at the University of Bristol entitled ‘Olfaction, vision and cross-modal integration in fish behaviour’. Developing my interest in aquaculture and sensory ecology, I worked as a researcher at the Institute of Aquaculture in the University of Stirling investigating the behaviour of sea lice parasitic on Atlantic salmon. While at Stirling, I met Dr. Jo Cable during my MSc viva and developed a project encompassing the sensory ecology, parasites and fish behaviour of my previous experience. I am now working at Cardiff with Jo, Julian and Dr. Gabrielle Archard on my FSBI funded PhD ‘Sensory ecology, parasites and mate choice in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata’.