Living Seas Volunteer Student Placements
This year Callum Neill, a voluntary Queen’s University placement student, supported the work of our shark and skate conservation project Sea Deep. Although this year presented many obstacles, Callum rose to the challenge. Working with shark tagging and egg case data, Callum created distribution maps that have helped us better understand the trends of shark species around our coast. Callum also played a key role in creating engaging educational content for our social media channels, helping raise awareness of these endangered and often misunderstood species in our waters.
Alesha Doyle has been helping our marine team with surveys around the coast to increase intertidal species records, and has been using her excellent ID skills to verify records submitted by other volunteers.
It has been a difficult year but it would have been even more challenging for the Sea Deep project and Living Seas team without the hard work of Callum and Alesha that has continued to help us safeguard the future of local marine species.