Fiona has worked in marine conservation, education and outreach for over 25 years. In March 2015 she began working on a new EU Horizon 2020 funded project called Sea Change which aims to ‘to bring about a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them – as ‘Ocean Literate’ citizens – to take direct and sustainable action towards healthy seas and ocean, healthy communities and ultimately – a healthy planet’. She previously coordinated the Shore Thing Project for nine years. The project involved working with students, community groups and policy makers; organising surveys to monitor the impacts of climate change on rocky shore species throughout the British Isles. She has also developed a number of education resources including the Shore Thing teachers’ pack, run training courses, developed project websites and maintained the database.
Fiona is the co-founder of European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA), has been instrumental in developing the association and organised the inaugural EMSEA conference in Plymouth. She works closely with transatlantic partners such as the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) to develop Ocean Literacy in Europe. In addition she is active within the citizen science, education and research community giving presentations at conferences, report writing, producing education articles and developing new innovative projects.