Jennifer Thomson

Student and diver, MSc Marine Ecosystems Management, University of St Andrews

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Own what you can bring to the table!

What do you do?

Currently studying to protect the oceans.

Why did you choose this field?

During my undergraduate studies, I worked as field assistant at the Succulent Karoo Research Station, Goegap, South Africa - tagging populations of small mammals to measure socio-ecological responses to drought. However, after living in the desert for a year, I missed the ocean terribly! At the first opportunity, I headed to Asia and learnt how to dive. I was instantly hooked and never looked back - becoming a PADI Divemaster within a year

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Completing a summer school at the European Space Agency, and merging marine biology with space and microgravity.

Why do you love working in STEM?

The fact that my research depends on diving and exploring amazing places around the world.

Best advice for next generation?

It seems that everyone has completed more internships than you; logged more dives than you, can afford to buy more kit than you etc. But you have to remember, every budding marine biologist has their own set of unique experiences – own what you can bring to the table!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?" David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas

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