Marine and Coastal Careers: How to get Started


Based on the experiences of the panel, the event will:

• Set out the scope of possible marine and coastal careers
• Provide advice on how to get started in marine and coastal careers
• Suggest possible future opportunities


This online event will provide graduates and/or those in the early stages of their careers with an overview of some of the marine and coastal opportunities open to them, together with advice on how to get started or progress. This will be grounded in the career histories of the panel members. Members of the panel are drawn from a range of backgrounds and experiences, including academic research, commercial consultancy, coastal stakeholder projects, environmental NGOs and government bodies.

The event will begin with each panel member providing a brief introduction to their current marine and coastal jobs, along with a summary of how they started out in their careers. They will also provide highlight one or two pointers to how they think their fled will develop, and where future opportunities may lie. The second half of the event will consist of a panel discussion, responding to questions from the audience. This will enable key points to be investigated and explained more fully.

The webinar will conclude with each of the panel members rounding off with a simple message of advice.

Our panel will include:

Kelly Ann Dempsey - a local authority team leader leading on the environment, climate change and nature-based solutions. She has more than 12 years’ experience working on estuarine and coastal projects with communities, NGO’s and local authority teams.

Claire Lacey – a research associate at the Marine Mammal Research Program, University of Hawaii. She has 20 years of experience working with marine mammals, in a variety of sectors, including academia, consultancy and NGO’s.

Steve Mustow – a Director at Stantec where he heads the Environmental Management team. He has 30 years’ experience in environmental consultancy and research, specialising in environmental assessment and marine, coastal, and freshwater ecology.

Richard White – senior marine ecologist with NatureBureau, a small conservation consultancy. He has over 20 years’ experience of marine policy and advocacy work with environmental NGOs.

If you're interested in a career in marine and coastal ecology, you don't want to miss this session. We hope to see you there.

Knowledge Level

Suitable for all


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1
Non-Member 1 £5.00