Sarah came to Porcupine initially via the MCS programme for divers, Seasearch. As a longstanding Surveyor with a particular interest in seaweeds, hydroids and ascidians (amongst other phyla!) it was only natural that membership of Porcupine would follow.
Not a marine biologist, Sarah’s background includes a degree in English literature, and she is a qualified social worker. Her career mainly involved a range of management roles in the children’s charity sector so free time focussed on all things marine was a welcome contrast. Now happily ‘semi-retired’, she and husband David are enjoying life exploring Glasgow.
Sarah is one of the co-authors of the Seasearch guide to Sea squirts and Sponges, and along with David runs identification courses throughout the UK and Ireland. She continues to be an active scuba diver, favouring long, shallow ‘rummage’ dives collecting seaweeds for pressing. She has also recently qualified as a Seasearch Observer Tutor and teaches courses to new Seasearchers, with the aim of sharing her enthusiasm for marine conservation.