My PhD Life

PhD. As Scottish as they come. Mature student. Football. Cats. Chronic pain. Last part sucks.

About me
My life in a pic: Science & Celtic

First and foremost, I am a researcher. Secondly, I am a ragingly passionate Celtic supporter. Thirdly, I have a degenerative condition that greatly affects my spine – which makes research life a tad difficult. Epic career choice. I swear a lot, and write daft poems about cats and stuff.

A social institute to say the least!

The Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health, and Comparative Medicine really is an institute like no other. From ground breaking research and non-stop publications – to their own weekly Friday Fox bar and pub nights, yearly table football battles against other institutes, not to mention only the 3 bands that have been created by its members. Truly talented and wonderful bunch.

My research
The dinoflagellate, Ceratium tripos. From a bloom on the Firth of Clyde

My research focuses on developing a molecular test using environmental DNA techniques to identify planktonic threats to salmon aquaculture.

  • No idea.
  • Winging it.
  • Remember I’m not supposed to know everything.

“A lot of people say that it’s a lack of vocabulary that makes you swear. Rubbish. I know thousands of words but I still prefer ‘f—.”

Sir Billy Connolly.


If I knew what success was – I’d be there already. I am not. Yet. That is a huge I by the way.