Shetland Isles marine life
  • soft coral, Underwater Shetland, diving, marine life

Rachel and Richard Shucksmith

This website has been produced by Rachel and Richard Shucksmith.

Rachel Shucksmith- Since learning to snorkel at the age of eight, whilst on a family holiday to Devon, I have been fascinated with the underwater world. I have now been SCUBA diving for 15 years, and I still feel that same excitement every time I put my head under the water as I did when I first went snorkelling over 20 years ago. Having studied Marine Biology at the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales, I moved to Shetland in 2003, to research jellyfish and plankton blooms at the NAFC Marine Centre. Since then I have continued to live and work in Shetland on a range of marine environmental research and assessment projects.

Richard Shucksmith – Richard studied Marine Biology at the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales (2000 to 2004), before moving on to the Scottish Association of Marine Science, near Oban on the west coast of Scotland. Here he undertook a PhD in Marine Ecology, looking at marine invasive species and biodiversity (2004 to 2007). Since then, he has worked as an independent environmental consultant with industry on wide range of marine projects from the very big (whales) to the very small (worms in mud). Richard is a very keen diver and has undertaken several diving expeditions around the world to carry out surveys of marine life and habitats. He now mixes work with photography and is working on several photographic projects about the marine environment and the life it supports.


Rachel Shucksmith


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