Matthew Curran, Assistant Biologist
I studied Zoology with Marine Zoology at the University of Wales in Bangor before moving on and studying for an MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity run jointly by Imperial College and the Natural History Museum in London. After completing my MSc in 1999 I held a range of roles, mainly in the IT and Telecoms sector, before training as a teacher in 2003/ 04.
In 2004 I took up a teaching post in a sixth form college in Essex teaching A-Level Biology to 16 to 18 year old students eventually progressing to Head of Human Biology and GCSE Science. I taught for five years before taking the monumental decision to completely change lifestyle and move to the Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland.
I lived and worked on Skye for four years as a Civil Servant in the Rural Payments and Inspections Division until finally deciding to move back into science and take up a role with the Rivers and Lochs Institute at Inverness College, UHI.