Marine biologist Helen Waghorne was at Worth this week to deliver our latest talk in the Spencer Lecture Series, providing fascinating insight into her own experiences as well as talking about careers in marine biology and conservation.
Growing up in Singapore, Helen fell in love with the wonders of the ocean at a young age and began diving as often as possible, earning her SSI Divemaster in the USA. She went on to complete an Integrated Masters (MSci) in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton and while at university she participated in internships, workshops and volunteer programmes in Ireland, Malaysia, Bermuda, the Maldives and the UK. She also worked in guest experience within the aquarium industry and, after graduating, moved into animal care as an aquarist.
As well as delivering a Spencer Lecture, Helen also gave a talk to a Year 10 Biology class before undertaking a fish dissection
The Spencer Lectures are a series of talks providing Sixth Form and Year 11 students with a broad range of thought-provoking talks on a variety of subjects. The next Spencer Lecture will be with barrister Chris McCourt on 31 October, while another recent lecture was via a live link to scientists in the Antarctica (see second picture).