This year we are launching a new MSc in Marine Vertebrate Ecology and Conservation and applications are open now for 2020 start. We are looking back on some of our MSc graduates who have excelled in marine vertebrate ecology and conservation around the world since studying with us.
Today we meet Dr Kristian Metcalfe, MSc Conservation and Biodiversity graduate (2008) and now working as a Lecturer at the University of Exeter CEC in Cornwall!
Hi Kristian! First off, why don’t you tell us a bit about your career since studying your MSc with us?
After completing the MSc in Conservation & Biodiversity at the University of Exeter I spent 12 months undertaking various roles from volunteering for local wildlife organisations, to being a paid research assistant. In 2009 I secured a PhD at the Durrell Institute of Conservation & Ecology (DICE) supervised by the wonderful Dr Bob Smith, where I also continued onto my first Post-Doc. In 2013 I returned to the University of Exeter as a Post-doc for Prof Brendan Godley, a role I continued in for 6 years prior to becoming a member of staff within the Centre for Ecology & Conservation in 2019.
What made you choose to study your MSc with us at the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus?
I chose to the study at the University of Exeter Penryn Campus because it had many internationally renowned marine academics that had an established reputation of working with industry, policy makers and conservation agencies.
The Centre for Ecology and Conservation hosts a thriving community of staff who are very accessible, supportive and extremely interested in helping you to develop your skills and experiences to enhance your future employment opportunities.
The Penryn campus is situated in beautiful surroundings – a perfect setting for undertaking a MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity with coast and countryside on your doorstep.
How did the MSc help prepare you for your career in academia?
The research project – this was the point where I realized that I wanted to go onto study a PhD. I really enjoyed working with my supervisor to develop a question, collecting data, analyzing my findings and writing it up in the format of a scientific paper. With so many academics with interests across marine and terrestrial realms there are so many potential projects to choose from you will not be disappointed.
Finally, Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of applying to any of our programmes at the University of Exeter?
Take every opportunity to develop your skills and experiences there are so many options available to you in the conservation sector – who knows who you will meet at workshops, conferences, meetings, or whilst volunteering and what further opportunities may appear as a result.
You can follow Kristian on Twitter, @_KMETCALFE
If you want to find out more about any of our suite of #ExeterMarine Masters and Undergraduate courses use the links below!
- NEW: MSc Marine Environmental Management
- NEW: MSc in Marine Vertebrate Ecology and Conservation
- MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity
- MSc in Conservation Science and Policy
- MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology
- MSc in Sustainable Development
- MSc in Environment and Human Health
- MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering
- BSc Marine Biology
- BSc Zoology
- BSc Environmental Science
- BSc Conservation Biology and Ecology
- BSc Evolutionary Biology
- BSc Animal Behaviour
- BEng Renewable Energy Engineering