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Hi everyone,
Nice to be here.  I'm currently going for a career change, from self-employment in art and music to something in marine biology.  I'm currently working on a Marine Biology diploma and have begun voluntary work as and when I can. 

I'm enjoying learning through various webinars, networking and my own research and hope I can learn more here with you. 

As part of my studies I am also looking into R programming, GIS and data analysis as I do find that side of things very interesting.  Also planning on learning SCUBA diving too.  (I've done some snorkelling so would like to go further).  One thing I'd love to do at some point is plant some seagrass as part of a restoration project.  Much to learn but I'm getting there :)

I hope that I may be able to use some of my skills as an artist and musician as well, perhaps in raising awareness of conservation issues, education, event organisation etc...

I'm currently based near Worcester, UK so sadly I'm not as close to a coastline as I'd like to be but I am hoping to do some fieldwork when I can and, in the meantime, do whatever I can from here. 

Anyway, looking forward to meeting you and being part of this community.

Chris :D

Christopher Johnston

Studying marine biology, n/a

I have been working as a self-employed artist and musician since 2010 and am now studying marine biology with the aim of moving into the industry since the oceans and conservation have been a life-long passion.  

I found out about WildHub through the webinar on starting a conservation organisation. I am hoping to learn more from my time here and to meet new people.

Marine Biology
I am currently studying for a Diploma in marine biology and taking courses in programming (R, GIS and Python), statistics and data anaylsis alongside. I'm getting involved in voluntary work to gain experience, knowledge, practical skills and to make a difference where I can.

I've been writing songs since I was at school, producing and recording them myself and performing live solo or with various bands. Performance highlights include gigs in Los Angeles, Hamburg and numerous local festivals and organising community and charity events.

My art has largely been character based (often anime influenced), producing work for my own comics, animations and audio productions, fashion illustration, and doing commission work for others.

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Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
6 months ago

Hi Chris, a warm welcome to the WildHub community! Thanks for sharing about your background and ambitions in your introduction post so we all can get to know you a bit more. Our community's Key Creator, Lucy Tallents, is organising Free GIS refresher courses starting next week which may be of interest to you (see the link below). Best wishes, Thirza

Go to the profile of Christopher Johnston
6 months ago

Hi Thirza,

Thank you, nice to meet you.  I will certainly take a look at that GIS course, thank you.

All the best

Chris :)

Hi Christopher,
I give you major props for making the leap into the marine sciences! It sounds like you are on the right path. Keep at it!
Kind regards,

Go to the profile of Christopher Johnston
6 months ago

Hi Carolyn, thank you for the welcome and encouragement.  I'm enjoying learning and am finding ways to get involved which is wonderful. 
Nice to meet you.
All the best

Chris :)