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?

Mod­ule marks

3rd Year

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%

2nd Year

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%

1st Year

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 ©

GCSEs 2012

9 GCSE A‑B grades includ­ing Math­e­mat­ics Grade A and Eng­lish Grade B.

Work Expe­ri­ence

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.