Hi, i’m Chris Brodie✨
Firstly, welcome to my blogging site where I review new research and technologies in Science and Nature and their potential impacts on their field or on the world.
I also discuss business and employability options and skills for undergraduates and new graduates in the field of Zoology and Biology.
As well as, document my current scientific progress in my projects or my views on being a young research scientist.
At Salford University I am currently a PhD student on the the StockDNA project, investigating the potential application of eDNA to pelagic stock assessments.
In addition I am also the owner of Vizzible.me, a website design business that specialises its services for small businesses and students.
Here is a bit more extensive knowledge on my background, if you would like to get in contact with me click here.
You can download my CV as a pdf, above, or it is available to read below.
Bangor University (2014-2018)
Undergraduate Masters in Marine Zoology (First Class with Honours)
Masters’ Research Title: Investigating the changes in assembly of the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) mid-gut microbiome from domestication and hybridisation.
3rd year Dissertation title: Can Marine Protected Areas Improve the Sustainability of King Scallops (Pecten maximus) in Isle of Man Territorial Waters?
BNS-3003 Freshwater Ecosystems 2- 81%
BSX-3145 Fish Physiology- 72%
BSX-3141 Bio Enterprise and Employability- 81%
BSX-3160 Dissertation- 75%
BSX-3150 Life in a Changing Climate-68%
OSX-3001 Marine Conservation and Exploitation- 65%
Evolution & Genetics 2- 48%
BSX-2022 Vertebrate Biology- 62%
OSX-2002 Marine Physiology & Behaviour- 59%
BSX-2017 Invertebrates- 78%
BSX-2021 BioScience Skills- 58%
BSX-2025 Field Courses- 65%
BSX-1005 Introduction to Microbiology- 67%
DXX-1100 Animal science- 50%
BNS-1002 Organismal Diversity- 55
DNS-1003 Ecology & Evolution- 64%
BSX-1023 Parasites and Pathogens- 94%
BSP-1022 Biology Practicals- 68%
ONS-1001 Introductory Research Skills- 60%
BSX-1018 Tutorials Year One- 77%
Wilmslow High school, A levels 2014
Extended Project (B), Biology (D), Geography ©, Psychology ©, Critical thinking ©
9 GCSE A‑B grades including Mathematics Grade A and English Grade B.
Volunteer work Bangor University May 30th- June 15th 2017
For 2 weeks in June I worked as volunteer on the Prince Madog research vessel under Prof. Michel Kaiser’s Phd student Adam Delargy, carrying out the Welsh 2017 scallop (pecten maximus and quepecten opercularis) survey. On this I learned how to work on a research vessel in a professional manor, how to set up and take down trawling rigs. How to sample live biota under a pressurized and relatively stressful manor while working with a new team of researchers. Which further helped develop my communication, which was a key component on this trip from being in a noisy environment.
Research collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research and Bangor University, Bergen April 2017
For the first week April, I collaborated with a team of researchers from Bangor University and IMR Norway to collect data from; farmed, wild and hybrid salmon for the salmon microbiome project, which was also part of my Masters. Not only did I have to quickly adapt to working with an international team of researchers, but also had to communicate instructions and develop an organized research “conveyer belt” to fit a time frame. I also worked in Matre’s IMR lab during that week before and after initial data sampling using dissection and histological techniques.
Freelance website design (www.vizzible.me) 2015-
I Created and designed websites based in the UK, which increased website traffic and sales for the businesses through design, marketing and SEO management. I worked closely with customers to help expand their online influence and reached tight deadlines and progression meetings in time, which helped develop strong partnerships and nurture my management skills.
Bar work at The Menai and The Angels pub 2015-
I also delegate my time efficiently so I can also work in pubs during the evenings. I’m employed to confidently interact with customers and also manage the marketing of the pubs by doing surveys and reviews of competitors to help promote and increase business.
Anglesey Sea Zoo Volunteering February 2012
In addition, I also gained experience in an aquarium doing many tasks that developed my academic understanding of the different marine species of the UK and developed management skills when aiding in coordination of events.
My work experiences have helped hone in on team-based and an independent work culture. They all involved planning, organization, coordination, networking and management and professionalism e.g. In web design, ensuring that customer based targets were coordinated and managed efficiently within the restricted time frame and to a professional standard.
During my time in University I have also attained specific scientific skills;
I have lots of experience in line and transect sampling, in both terrestrial and freshwater environments as well as organism identification techniques. I have also demonstrated practical skills in carrying out pipette work and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based on molecular biology. On top of that I have extensive practical background in animal dissection and light microscope work.
I developed and advanced skills in using most computer software like the Microsoft packages and R. I can also code proficiently in HTML as well as some knowledge on how to code in; Java, rubyrail, python, c++ and c#.
I am part of the Zoological and Endeavour (Marine) society and avidly attend the extra lectures and talks they provide.
My dissertation is also based off scallop fisheries in marine protected areas and developing the best possible policies for conservation of their stocks.
In addition, I am an enthusiast in marine and freshwater fisheries in the UK, I have used tools such as MARXAN and R, I have extensive academic knowledge on how they are designed, policed and improved. Furthermore, I have a developed understanding of UK and International fishery legislation, for example the scallop fishing legislation (2010), the sea fishing order legislation (2008) and Technical conservation methods legislation (2016 ed).
I also have a working knowledge on genetic based techniques, for example, PCR and New generation sequencing as well as bioinformatics. Techniques that have been carried out during my research for my masters’ research title: Sequencing the salmon hindgut microbiome.