I'm so thrilled to introduce Dr. Sarah Perkins to you on The Joy of SUP Podcast!
Sarah is a wildlife biologist at Cardiff University whose work focuses on wildlife diseases. She works mostly outdoors, in the field, collecting data on everything from small wild mice to (extremely large) polar bears, but no matter the size of the study animal, she’s always got her eyes on the community that lives on, or in, her study species; the parasites.
When not studying disease transfer in wildlife, Sarah is a keen SUP surfer and racer living on the Pembrokeshire coast.
In recent years Sarah has combined her love of SUP with that of science, finding that her SUP works well as a floating laboratory for her marine research. Over the last 10 years Sarah has been carrying out research on the health of a small, remote coral reef community in Tobago.
The SUP has become an important part of the research equipment used, with it not only being the form of transport to the study sites, but a platform from which to observe the reef and collect samples.
Back in the UK, Sarah is an advocate for wildlife conservation, education and responsible engagement. She can frequently be spotted paddling her SUP while wearing a mask and snorkel; ready to jump off and explore the underwater world.
Here is a link to the cleaner fish on Kathryn Ellen Whittey's You Tube that Sarah mentions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGysteqPDNY&list=UUhXwpcds97F259nXaPI7KWg&index=8
In this episode we talk about the iNaturalist app and how we can all add to the scientific data on wildlife.
Sarah talks about seal haul out sites and mentions Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and Sue Sayer.
We mention SUP Mag UK writer and SUP super woman Sarah Thornely too: here is here episode: https://thejoyofsuppodcast.buzzsprout.com/1532449/8171727-sarah-thornely-uk-sup-racing-champion-broadcaster-supjunkie-cheerleader-extraordinaire
You can find Sarah on Instagram at @sarahperkinsperky
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