What do you do at Thomson?
As Laboratory Manager, I oversee the marine team’s macroinvertebrate and PSA projects, monitoring sample processing to ensure our operating procedures are followed, quality is maintained, and our client deadlines are met. I enjoy working at my microscope, identifying invertebrates in our benthic samples.
Why do you like working at Thomson?
Working here has furthered my passion for marine biology. I not only get to see interesting benthic fauna every day, but I get to work alongside a fantastic bunch of people.
How long have you worked for Thomson?
6 years. It’s flown by.
What does a typical day at work look like?
I like to get in early as I find the morning a good time to do some project management admin. I’ll check sample processing logs and discuss with the team, reviewing our progress and assessing if any projects or staff require additional support. If I’ve received any requests for quotation, I’ll create the estimates and send them off to the client.
Next, I start work at my microscope on macroinvertebrate sample analysis. This might be extracting the fauna from the sediment or species identification. If I’m working on other analysts’ samples, either quality checking their extraction or identifying the fauna that they’ve sorted to family, I’ll provide feedback to aid their taxonomy training.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I started learning to play the drums when I was 11 and now, I find it a great way to unwind.
What is your favourite book and why?
‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini. I like a good tearjerker and this book is incredibly touching.
Do you have any pets?
No but I have my heart set on owning a golden retriever!