Sarah-Jane Walsh is a scientist, blogger and amature photographer, on top of that is currently a postgraduate research student at the University of Essex in the UK. Her research surrounds differences in environmental tolerance and resilience in stony corals across habitats and species. As well as conducting controlled experiments in the University’s state of the art aquarium facility she also carries out field research in Indonesia and the Seychelles.

Sarah-Jane would like to thank her research funding bodies; the Natural Environmental Research Council NERC, Operation Wallacea and Earthwatch

13 responses to “About

  1. Hi,
    I am a high school student currently taking Marine Biology. In my class, we are working on a project. For the project, I need to interview marine biologists. If you have a moment, would you answer the following questions?

    1. What is your name?
    2. What is your official title?
    3. What type of education do you have that prepared you for this job?
    4. What type of experience did you have in order to get this job?
    5. What do you do?
    6. Where can you work?

    I would appreciate it if you could answer these questions, however, I understand if you cannot.

    Have nice day. (:

  2. Hi Sarah-Jane. Thanks for following my postings on Project Noah. If ever you find yourself interested in journeying to the Philippines, I believe you will find our little part of the world to be a vibrant focus for your research. As I’m sure you know, the Verde Island Strait in the Philippines is acknowledged to be “the center of the center” of the most biodiverse underwater environments on our planet (that includes Indonesia, where you’ve already been).

    Fortunately, this amazing dive location is just steps away (literally) from my house on the water in Anilao, Batangas. I’m a certified divemaster who, for many years now, has been leading fundivers and photographers on underwater safaris.

    Please feel free to send me an email at robert_suntay@yahoo.com if you would like more information. You can see more videos of my underwater critter friends at http://vimeo.com/user7535037

    Good luck on the great work that you do!



  3. Hello Sarah-Jane,
    Lovely blog you have going here. I’m doing a engineering student project in which I have come up with a device that may help field researchers with their work by providing them access to portable electricity. I would appreciate a few minutes of your time to answer some questions via email about how you might use this device. Reply to memo_226@hotmail.com if this is something you can help with.
    Thanks, and best of luck.

  4. Hey Sarah,
    I hope you had a nice flight to KL and enjoying your time there.
    Woooow… The only thing I can say about your web, such an amazing photos and topics. I absolutely love your pictures of the sea life and especially the ones with with red tooth trigger fish. Oh, and of course Colchester … looks like there are many fun places, which ‘must be visited’ as you said.
    Have fun and drop my an email when you have time 🙂


  5. Hey Sarah,

    I hope you well and having good time 🙂 Let me know when are you coming back to UK as I am so looking forward to visit Colchester 🙂

    Thanks, Roberta

  6. Hi There,

    Came across your site and it’s great! I’m also a conservation biologist based in Essex, very near the university. Great to see other biologists around from the Colchester area!

  7. Hi Sarah-Jane. Any chance you can identify the creature I filmed in this video? I think it’s a kind of Sea Salp, but unlike any I’ve seen before:


    Robert Suntay

    • Hi Robert,

      You are indeed correct, this I a type of colonial sea salp when you see the film close up at atound 1.50 you can see the iconic siphon contractions it’s just a little bit hidden by the colours.
      These chains can grow up to 20m long moving via each salp individually pumping water through its body and filter feeding in the surface waters. I find the best time to spot them is on an early morning dive!

      The salps all live on a gelatinous spine known as a tunic. The chain forms the aggregation part of their life cycle, funnily Wikipedia has a nice bit on their life cycle http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salp

      Hope this helps, nice video!!

      Merry Christmas


  8. Hello MoralCoral,

    I recently discovered your site and I adore it. I may find myself blogging about languages and parenting but my true passion and love lies with water, particularly the sea so I am glad I can dive into your site and take myself to another world.

    And on that note, I am also nominating you for a Liebster award.

    I know what you are thinking… a what?!? That was my reaction too. It’s one of those viral awards that someone gives you and you then can chose to nominate people.

    Here is a link to a post [http://multilingualmama.com/2012/12/20/flattered-and-grateful-despite-mysterious-origins/] I wrote which includes the ‘to dos’ like answering a series of questions.

    Take part or don’t. In any event, you know at least that you have a fan over here in Bangkok. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013! xoMultilingualMama

  9. Hello,

    I have recently been introduced to your blog and I love reading your posts. I am facinated by your job and my dream is to become a successful Marine Biologist like you, but I’m not really sure how to get there. If you wouldn’t mind, please can you suggest ways that I could get involved with it (if you know of any) because I am only in year 9 and am too young to volunteer for anything at the moment.

    I would really appreciate it if you could reply, but I’ll understand if you cannot.

    Thank you,


    • You are never too young!!

      Keep up your passion, a great way to be involved is to buy some identification guides and start learning the species names of fish in local rivers and ponds, getting down to the rock pools and learning about the species and their names, and learning about the bigger mammals, whales and seals in our waters. i recommend these guides;
      Collins Guide to Seashores of Britain
      Pocket Guide to Freshwater Fish of Britain and Europe
      Whales,Dolphins and Seals: A Field Guide to the Marine Mammals of the World

      Then why not do some volunteering, you could start your own group at school and do beach cleans, maybe you have a nice science teacher who will help you?

      The wildlife trust does lots of projects too and im sure you will have one near you see here

      You should start with local wildlife in the UK and then later can go in to coral reefs or whatever you dream of. learning as much as you can is key and getting as much experience as possible.

      You could also ask your local sealife center if you can do a weeks work experience in your holidays, i had several friends who did this at school!!

      Watch lots of nature documentaries and read books, i love to read Jacques-Yves Cousteau who founded scuba diving and underwater documetaries, his book The Silent World is really great

      Also learn to scuba dive, you can start young, there are many qualifications and from 13 you can do adult qualifications, i learnt at 13! i know teach at my local pool!

      Hope some of these give you some ideas and thanks for reading my blog =)


      • Hello, thank you for replying to my message so quickly.

        I am in the midst of choosing my options for my GCSE’s and am not entirely sure what would really help me to become a Marine Biologist so I would appreciate it if you answer some of my questions.

        – Do you think that Psychology or ICT would be more important please?
        – How important is Maths to your job please?

        Thank you,


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