This week we want to introduce you to our awesome placement student, Caitlin!
Caitlin has been working so hard over the last few months and its been an absolute pleasure to have her help! We feel so lucky to have her as part of the team and her energy helps to uplift all of us!
Here are some words by Caitlin about her and her experiences at the NLH!
My name is Caitlin and I am a 20-year-old Marine Biology student from Swansea, on placement at the Hatchery as part of my degree. As a keen swimmer and lover of animals, my introduction to Marine Biology came at the age of 13 whilst on a dolphin experience with my family, and I have been working towards my goal of becoming a Marine Biologist ever since. Going into my degree, I was unsure as to where exactly my interest lay, however I have since developed a passion for the conservation of marine ecosystems and species.
Whilst volunteering on research vessels, I found that I had an affinity for the practical aspects of Marine Biology and so was eager to gain as much practical experience as possible. It was because of this that I jumped at the opportunity to undertake a 4-year degree with a Year in the industry. After months of searching for a placement and many setbacks due to Covid, I managed to secure a placement with the National Lobster Hatchery.
My interest in working at the Hatchery stemmed from their vital work in the conservation of the European Lobster, as well as the variety of unique and pioneering experiences the placement offered. I will be at the Hatchery for a period of nine months, during which I will be involved in the research projects as well as learning about and helping with the lobster rearing process in the hatchery. After my placement, I hope to spend the summer as a research intern in the Florida Keys, collecting data on lobster epidemiology and working on a sea sponge restoration programme, before returning to Swansea to finish my degree. Post degree, I plan to get involved with as many conservation-based foundations as possible and am currently considering intern programmes at the Bimini Biological Field Station and Shark Lab, as well as The Manta Trust.