I am originally from the UK and moved to the US for graduate school. I decided to pursue a career as a marine biologist after spending a year as an undergraduate doing fieldwork in the lagoons of the island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean. I came to the US to pursue a graduate career and spent much of my time working at Friday Harbor Laboratories off the coast of Seattle working on echinoderm development with Greg Wray. This work cemented my fascination with deuterostomes and I have been following this path ever since. After my PhD., I went out to Berkeley to start working on hemichordates, and travelled around marine stations trying to identify the best species to work on. Finally that led me to the MBL to work on Saccoglossus. My first job at The University of Chicago allowed me to fully develop this project with the invaluable help of the founding members of the Lowe Lab. Ultimately, my desire to remain strongly comparative led me back to the West Coast and to Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford. The research in the lab combines my interests in marine biology, zoology and developmental biology. Hopkins Marine Station is one of the best places on the West Coast to access a huge diversity of animal life, both intertidal and sub tidal.