Rosie has always wanted to be a marine biologist, before she even knew what it meant! She is a passionate environmentalist and an advocate for an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
To kickstart her career, Rosie undertook a bachelor’s degree in Zoology at the University of Exeter on a small campus in Cornwall. During her studies, she was fortunate enough to volunteer with the Society for the Protection of Turtles where she helped to conserve the local population of green and loggerhead turtles in North Cyprus and got involved with various aspects of sea turtle conservation from tagging adult turtles to excavating hatched nests. After witnessing the multitude of threats posed to sea turtle populations, Rosie was inspired to contribute more towards sea turtle conservation.
Knowing that she wanted to pursue a career in research after university, Rosie undertook her master’s degree in Zoology at the University of Exeter. After graduating with a first class degree, she wanted to share her knowledge and enthusiasm of wildlife with the public. Working as a marine wildlife guide in Cornwall, Rosie was able to educate the public on cetaceans, seals and seabirds. She also later assisted a whale and dolphin conservation project in Tenerife in order to promote responsible whale watching and the protection of such amazing animals.
Rosie joined the Olive Ridley Project in March 2020 as a Sea Turtle Biologist and Communications Officer based at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in Baa Atoll. She was responsible for monitoring the local sea turtle population and educating the public on the work of ORP. Just after Rosie arrived, the Covid-19 pandemic broke out and the resort was closed down for 4 months. ORP’s new Resident Veterinarian was unable to reach the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre due to travel restrictions, so Rosie ended up taking care of all the turtle patients throughout the lock down until Dr Minnie was finally able to join her in September 2021.
Following her year in the field, Rosie worked as ORP’s Communication Officer for six months. She is now, as of January 2022, once again back in the field working as Sea Turtle Biologist and Guest Educator at our new partner resort Soneva Jani in Noonu Atoll. Here Rosie carries out sea turtle population research, ghost gear research and educational outreach, and will eventually be looking after our new rehabilitation centre (currently a work in progress).