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The editorial team

We've got a brilliantly broad range of experience and expertise here at SciEnvy. Take the time to get to know us below…

Current editorial team

Hayley McIlwraith


Hayley is a PhD student based at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and associated with the

University of East Anglia. Her research examines the

interaction between

microplastics and coastal vegetation (e.g., saltmarshes)

and highlights the potential for these systems to act as a nature-based solution to microplastics pollution. Hayley completed an Honours BSc from the University of Toronto where she studied Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

as well as Cell & Systems Biology.


pEGGY McGroary

Peggy is a PhD student at the University of Plymouth, though she spends all of her time at Rothamsted Research Institute, Hertfordshire. Her Research focuses on developing functional validation methods in globally important weed species and applying these techniques to herbicide resistance traits. Peggy has a Bsc. in Biochemistry and a Msc. in Environmental Biosciences in a Changing Climate from the University of Warwick.


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Kate is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Her research is centred on looking at new nature markets within the UK and farmer participation in these. Kate studied a Msci in Bioveterinary Science at Harper Adams University before working as a Research Assistant within the Cambridge Centre of Carbon Credits at the University of Cambridge.



Chiara is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Her research is centred on decolonising the environmental sciences by understanding the field’s history, current decolonial practices, and how these may look in the future. Chiara studied BA Geography at Royal Holloway University of London before completing a Masters in Global Biodiversity Conservation at the University of Sussex.



Olivia Thompson

Olivia is a PhD researcher in the Science, Society, and Sustainability (3S) Research Group at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Her current research as part of the UK Energy Research Centre’s Public Engagement Observatory expands upon techniques for mapping participation through digital methods in energy, climate change and net zero. Olivia has a background in Chinese Studies with a BSc from the University of Nottingham and a MSc in Energy Studies from the University of Dundee, CEPMLP. She hopes to further explore participation in areas of science controversy within different political contexts.

previous editors

Eleanor gilbert


Eleanor is a PhD student at the Marine Biological Association (MBA). Her research aims to understand the evolutionary origin and function of a sensory structure in sea anemone larvae, and how marine invertebrates utilise information from their surrounding environment to select suitable habitats to settle in.  Eleanor studied BSc Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University of Plymouth, and has since discovered a passion for both molecular biology and communicating complex scientific ideas to a broad range of audiences.


Jack Smith

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Seth was the founder of SciEnvy. He studied for a PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. His PhD research investigated the global contribution of diatoms to the DMS cycle. DMS is a climatically active gas, moving from the oceans to the atmosphere where it oxidises and aids in cloud formation. These clouds reflect the suns radiation, resulting in global cooling. Seth's work aimed to quantify a synthesis rate of DMSP (the compound DMS is cleaved from), to use in existing carbon models to better predict future temperatures.



Ali North

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Ali is a PhD student at the University of Plymouth and is working in partnership with the Institute of Zoology (ZSL) and Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC) Trust. Her research aims to better understand the ecology and impact of invasive alien species in the UK, with a focus on the alpine newt Ichthyosaura alpestris. Ali has worked for a range of conservation science NGOs and is a big believer in communicating environmental topics to broad audiences to help inform and influence positive change.


Jack is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and is working in partnership with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). His research centres on the governance of shared natural resources and is currently working on the potential utilisation of marine carbon stores to help in the fight against climate change. With a background in philosophy and natural resource management, Jack has experienced first hand the advantages of bringing interdisciplinary approaches to environmental science.


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bridie davies

Bridie studies for a PhD in volcanology at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. She is investigating the controls on volcanism at Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean - a volcanic island that has erupted both gently and explosively throughout its 1 Myr history above water. Through a combination of geochemical analyses and quantitative analysis of mineral crystals from lava flows and pumice fall deposits she hopes to reconstruct the changing conditions in the magmatic system that lead to the variable eruption styles we observe. Previously, Bridie worked at the Science Museum in London where she developed an appreciation of how effective science communication enhances public engagement and improves volcanic hazard mitigation.


jade eyles


Jade is a PhD student studying volcanology and seismology at the University of East Anglia. Her research is looking into different methods for locating earthquakes in volcanic systems to determine which is the most suitable for use by the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. The research is focussed at the Soufrière Hills Volcano in Montserrat. The improved location method will be used to relocate the existing catalogue and be implemented for future events. Previously, Jade studied Msci Geophysics at the University of Southampton.

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