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Belinda Tonkins - Research Assistant (Volunteer)

“I’m passionate about marine conservation and aquatic animal welfare and can’t wait to get stuck into some exciting research for the AWA! I have a background in marine biology and experience of working with a wide range of aquatic species from jellyfish to sea lions in world-class zoos and aquaria. This has provided me with a good understanding of physiology, daily husbandry, legislation and welfare assessment methods. I’m also a Marine Mammal Medic and keen SCUBA diver. During my final year of university I was lucky enough to get the chance to conduct research with the aim of improving the welfare of European cuttlefish. This research really inspired me and I’m now studying for a Masters in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.”