Graham is a PhD student funded through the NERC SPTIFIRE DTP at University of Southampton and is based full time at the MBA, supervised by Dr Dan Smale and Professor Steve Hawkins. His research regards the kelp Undaria pinnatifida (Wakame) which is native to areas of the North-west Pacific and has been accidentally introduced to temperate areas worldwide. The project will investigate the ecological impacts this non-native species may have on coastal habitats in the UK. Experiments will include a combination of field surveys, long term manipulations of seaweed communities in natural environments, and more controlled investigations in marinas and the laboratory.
Before starting at the MBA, Graham spent the last two years working for Scottish Natural Heritage, contributing to policy, advice, and the survey and monitoring of marine protected areas in Scotland. He also spent a year working in the tropics, at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire; an undergraduate study abroad centre and research station in the Dutch Caribbean. Graham has a BSc in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from the University of Edinburgh, and an MSc in Marine Ecology & Environmental Management from Queen Mary, University of London.