Jordan Elvy

Jordan will complete a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Marine Science in 2022, and plans to continue in the field of aquaculture research once she finishes studying.

Jordan Elvy
Jordan Elvy

“I initially studied a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Animal Science where the focus was on agricultural and companion species. It was during this degree that I developed an interest in animal nutrition. I completed a summer studentship and subsequently a Master of Science (MSc) with Plant and Food Research, looking at fish nutrition where I discovered how little was known about fish, and that’s how my interest in marine science, particularly fish physiology, really got started. When I was offered a chance to do a PhD at Cawthron I thought that this was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.

“My thesis focused on looking at factors that influence feed efficiency in Chinook salmon with a particular focus on physiology and behaviour.

“I highly recommend completing your study at a Joint Graduate School if given the opportunity, especially if you want to work in science once you’re finished studying as it provides a very practical experience of what working in science institutes is like.”

Jordan Elvy

“Completing my research at Cawthron has been an amazing experience. I was able to carry out my research in a brand-new facility where I have been so well supported. It has also allowed me to develop relationships with scientists, learn about other research being done and get experience across a range of other areas. I value the different skills and techniques I have developed over this time that are sure to help me in my future career.

“I intend to continue in aquaculture research once I finish studying. There is still so much to learn about in many of the fish species we farm around the world.

“I received a scholarship as part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Endeavour funding, it removed a lot of the financial stress and without it I would not have been able to complete my PhD.

“Though studying at a Joint Graduate School is a different experience to that at the university, Cawthron has a student group that includes all the students in Nelson, including those at Plant and Food Research and NIWA. Meetings of this group range from catchups, writing sessions, personal development, and more. Postgraduate study can feel very over whelming at times, so having a community of people with a shared experience is really helpful, and I have made some great friends along the way.

“I highly recommend completing your study at a Joint Graduate School if given the opportunity, especially if you want to work in science once you’re finished studying as it provides a very practical experience of what working in science institutes is like.”