B Sc, Zoology, University of Exeter, Great Britain
Ph D, Biology, University of South Florida
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Exeter University, Britain, where I was born and raised. For my senior thesis, I studied habitat preference by the burrowing brittle star Acrocnida brachiata. After graduation, I moved to Tampa, Florida to do a Ph. D. on echinoderms with Dr. J. Lawrence and Dr. L. Robbins. I became interested in the process by which echinoderms, especially sand dollars, constructed their intricate three-dimensional skeletons. Since then I have become more generally interested in the biology and systematics of lesser known marine invertebrates.