Lecturer Spotlight | Dr Jaime Davies | Senior Lecturer – MSc Marine Science & Climate Change

Senior Lecturer – MSc Marine Science & Climate Change
19th January 2024

Lecturer Spotlight

Dr Jaime Davies

Senior Lecturer – MSc Marine Science & Climate Change

Full Profile

Jaime is a deep-sea ecologist with over 15 years’ experience working on the ecology and mapping of VMEs (Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems) of deep-sea features.
She adopts an applied approach to her research, focussing on the standardisation of data acquisition and analysis of imagery data, which can be used for implementing and subsequent monitoring of Marine Protected Areas.  She started out as a habitat mapper, delivering full coverage habitat maps (produced using ecological knowledge and acoustic interpretation) of banks, seamounts and submarine canyons for the UK government, which were instrumental in the designation of offshore SACs/MCZs in UK waters.

How does this programme prepare students for employment/industry and their future careers?

The MSc Marine Science and Climate Change programme offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills ready for employment for all career aspirations such as environmental NGOs, Government and policy roles, and academic research i.e. PhD.
This programme is the final step before employment, and as such, we train our student to be ‘work ready’. Understanding how to undertake research is fundamental.

In what ways does the programme take an interdisciplinary approach to learning? And how does this enhance the student’s understanding of environmental issues and solutions?

The primary goal of our programme is to launch competent, multidisciplinary graduates to embark as scientists, managers, consultants in a variety of roles within NGOs, governmental departments and academia. Research-based teaching is at the heart of our teaching ethos where focus is placed on students undertaking enquiry-based learning.
Research-led learning is the focus of our research projects where once students are taught how to successfully embark on a research project, they tackle ‘real-world’ problems. Under the guidance of our teaching staff, our students are exposed to a wide range of perspectives, and the students embark on interdisciplinary research projects either policy-based on field-based ecological research.

Does this programme provide students with a global perspective on environmental challenges?

Yes. Our staff are established scientists and practitioners, that have contributed to work for Gibraltar and UK Governments, Australian Regional and National Governments, UK Research Council funded projects (e.g. NERC), partnerships with other Universities, consultancy and with a large variety of stakeholders. Additionally, our core modules encompass international marine policies, climate change, and marine and coastal management. Employing in-depth analyses of global and regional perspectives and contemporary issues in conservation, cultivating a comprehensive understanding of environmental challenges worldwide. Moreover, we actively engage guest lecturers with global experience, enriching the teaching experience with diverse perspectives and real-world insights.
  • MSc

    Master in Marine Science & Climate Change

    Designed and delivered by expert academics and scientists, this full or part-time interdisciplinary programme blends theoretical study with practical, field-based work. You will cover specialist subject areas and gain the skills required to tackle the complex issues associated with the sustainable development of marine ecosystems.[...]

    1 Year

    No Placement option

    Full Time

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